Launch of Aadhar-enabled Service Delivery system by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi today launched Aadhaar Enabled Service Delivery on the occasion of second anniversary of the Unique Identification Authority of India.
Main Function was organized in Dudu in Rajasthan. Services were rolled out in 51 districts across the country.
In the past two years the government has enrolled 24 crore people for Aadhar and around 60 crore of population will be covered by 2014. National Schemes like MGNREGA and Pension scheme will be integrated with the Aadhaar Card.
Prime Minister handed over Aadhar number '21 crore' to a woman villager
Speaking at the launch of Aadhar-enabled Service Delivery system, Dr Singh said the unique identity numbers will help 1.5 crore students get scholarships, two crore elderly get old age pensions, three crore to avail health insurance and five crore people get the benefits of MNREGA.
He handed over Aadhar number '21 crore' to a woman villager.
On this occasion, the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said linking the Aadhar number with programmes will bring in transparency in the implementation of public schemes.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said that Rajivji dreamt of using technology for empowering the aam admi.
Aadhar Project is the next leap for realising this dream and this is not just an identity of people but is a basis of the rights of aam admi in the delivery of public services.
Sonia Gandhi said that the Government wants to give subsidy on different services for the weaker sections of society and wants to ensure that this subsidy reaches the intended beneficiaries.
Aadhar Project will be useful for giving direct subsidy to the needy people.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the Aadhar project will help in better service delivery of different welfare schemes of the Government to the intended beneficiaries.
He said that with the Aadhar number, students will get benefit of scholarships and people living below the poverty line will get benefit from the different flagship programmes of the Union Government.
What is Aadhaar?
Aadhaar is a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Government of India.
This number will serve as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.
Any individual, irrespective of age and gender, who is a resident in India and satisfies the verification process laid down by the UIDAI can enrol for Aadhaar.
Each individual needs to enroll only once which is free of cost.
Each Aadhaar number will be unique to an individual and will remain valid for life. Aadhaar number will help you provide access to services like banking, mobile phone connections and other Govt and Non-Govt services in due course.