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.”