UIDAI has launched a special enrollment drive for students eligible for scholarships, a move aimed at helping beneficiaries receive grants directly into their accounts.
“A campaign is underway to facilitate priority Aadhaar enrollment for scholarships beneficiaries. All the students entitled for any type of scholarships will be offered priority Aadhaar enrollment by August 15, 2016,” Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India, said in a statement.
Aadhaar is mandatory for people seeking benefit from schemes or subsidies funded by central government.
The drive is being coordinated and supervised by district collectors in all schools of their respective districts and the schools have been made accountable to take the students to nearest Aadhaar Enrollment Centre and get them enrolled for Aadhaar.
“Wherever large number of students are to be enrolled, enrollment camps are being organised in schools,” the statement said.
Enrolled students will be able to avail various scholarships in a hassle-free manner through Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer into their bank accounts.
“The district collectors have been asked to coordinate and supervise this campaign mode Aadhaar enrollment for students. A special cell has been created in State Education Department/s and each district to resolve any difficulty being faced by any school/collector during enrollment,” Mr Pandey said.
Progress of the campaign would be reviewed every week. “It may be ensured that during Aadhaar enrollment mobile and email of either the student or his parent or any family member is captured. This will facilitate communication about Aadhaar generation, download of e-Aadhaar, retrieval of Aadhaar number, etc more conveniently,” Mr Pandey said.
Till date, over 103.5 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated for residents covering 97 per cent of the adult population. However, Aadhaar saturation in respect of children of age 5-18 years is relatively lower at 64 per cent.