Edu dept to fast-track aadhaar linking process

RANCHI: School education and literacy department secretary Aradhana Patnaik issued a letter to all the deputy commissioners asking them to complete the process of linking school students’and teachers’ Aadhaar cards to bank accounts by September 30.

The department has come up with the plan of linking so that the government scheme funds can reach them through direct benefit transfer (DBT).

Patnaik said, “While the work of linking the Aadhaar with bank accounts is almost 90% done in high schools, there is still a gap in the middle and primary schools with only 72% linkage. However, Aadhaar cards of 80% students have been made already and bank accounts of 70% have been opened. We are aiming to complete the linkage by the end of September.”

A major problem the department is facing in this process is that while many schools are claiming 100% linkage, the final report submitted to the government shows otherwise.

Patnaik said, “In the letter, I have directed them to collect the certificates from schools stating that they have completed 100% linkage so that during verification their claims, if false, can be taken up against them.”

The schools have to submit a final report of linkage by September 15 to show the progress made.A few districts including Bokaro, Dhanbad, Garhwa and Chatra are lagging behind in the process and have been directed to expedite the work.
Meanwhile, camps are being put up at every district for making Aadhaar cards of students and linking them with bank accounts.
“We are facing a major problem in some camps where the turnout of students is much high than the number of Aadhaar card making kits available. We have requested the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to provide us more kits for the camps,” Patnaik said.
On Tuesday, chief secretary Rajbala Verma conducted a review meeting of school education and literacy department in which she was informed that 73. 95 lakh aadhaar cards have been collected already and bank accounts of more than 69 lakh students has been opened. Of these, aadhar cards of 53,09851 students have already been linked with the bank accounts. The CS directed the department to complete linking the accounts at the earliest so that DBT can be started.