The government has set in motion the process to make its Unique Identification (UID) programme or Aadhaar an integral part of major government schemes.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has also successfully run pilot on Aadhaar-based authentication services and transfer of funds to UID-based bank accounts. Taking the initiative into implementation stage,the Planning Commission on Monday issued a memorandum that different divisions will ensure integration of Aadhaar in delivery of government schemes.
The concerned divisions in the Planning Commission would look at the integration of Aadhaar number in delivery of services envisaged under the project if it is an individual beneficiary oriented project, the memorandum said.
Seeking to plug leakages in flagship programmes like MGNREGA and other crucial programmes like the old age pension scheme,the commission has asked its Project Appraisal Management Division to specifically indicate the possibility of integration of Aadhaar and the steps proposed by the concerned ministries in this connection. The circular has set the ball rolling for making Aadhaar applicable to all government schemes by end of 2013 and all Indian residents are expected to get their Aadhaar numbers by mid-2013.
The circular also mandates the commissions state plan division to prepare detailed notes on UID as background papers to be discussed with chief ministers when they visit the Yojana Bhawan to discuss their respective annual plans. Secretary Planning Commission (Sindhushree Khullar) has also desired that Principal Advisors and Advisors dealing with the states prepare a separate state-wise status on implementation of Aadhaar in the states handled by them, according to the circular.
The planning body has asked all its concerned functionaries to prepare a status note in this connection for Khullarsmeeting with the UIDAI in the first week of June. For successful implementation of Aadhaar,state governments are required to create a single database of all beneficiaries and then link it with an Aadhaar number. Officials say many state governments have expressed inability to set up the data base citing financial constraints. As a way-out,the UIDAI has offered help to integrate the existing database of beneficiaries into one.