Aadhaar seeding must for paddy procurement

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Thursday said seeding Aadhaar number to bank accounts will be made mandatory for procurement of paddy in the ensuing kharif marketing season.

This apart, the Government has also decided to link Aadhaar numbers of beneficiaries for availing ration under National Food Security Act (NFSA), pensions under different welfare schemes and wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

“It has been decided to introduce Paddy Procurement Automation System (P-PAS) for farmers in 134 blocks to make paddy procurement more transparent. Payments are directly credited to the bank account of farmers where P-PAS has been introduced,” Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Secretary PK Mohapatra told reporters.

Mohapatra said these decisions were taken at a review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary AP Padhi on the Aadhaar card linkage in the State. All district Collectors participated in the discussion through video conferencing.

He further said linking Aadhaar number of bank accounts will be made mandatory for all food security, social welfare and employment guarantee schemes.

Meanwhile, Aadhaar seeding of about 68 per cent NFSA beneficiaries have been completed and a target set to cover all beneficiaries by end of September this year, he added.

So far 3.41 crore people of the State have received their Aadhaar card and efforts are on to cover the rest by November this year, IT Secretary PK Jena said.

Required number of teams, kit and operators has been deployed in all the districts to issue Aadhaar card. Electronic Corporation of India is the nodal agency.

Mohapatra said Aadhaar card linking would help in maintaining transparency at Public Distribution System (PDS) network and Point of Sale (POS) machines would be installed at all retailer points from October.