As a part of its resolve to enrol every resident of India, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is carrying out a special Aadhaar enrolment drive for school children across the country.
Students who are eligible for any scholarship scheme are being given preference, an official press releasesaid.
The drive is being coordinated and supervised by the District Collectors in all the schools of their respective districts.
The headmasters of schools have been made accountable to take the students to nearest AadhaarEnrolment Centre and get them enrolled for Aadhaar. Wherever large numbers of students are to be enrolled, enrolment camps are being organised in the schools, the release said.
These students will be able to avail various scholarships in a hassle-free manner through Aadhaar based direct benefit transfer (DBT) into their bank accounts.
The release said the Government was taking various steps to ensure that benefits under scholarship programmes were given to genuine and deserving beneficiaries.
“A campaign is underway to facilitate priority Aadhaar enrolment for scholarships beneficiaries. All the students entitled for any type of scholarships will be offered priority Aadhaar enrolment by August 15 this year,” UIDAI Chief Executive Officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey said.
“The School Education Departments in States through school teachers and local Aadhaar enrolmentagencies are undertaking Aadhaar enrolment of students in a campaign mode to ensure that all students willing to apply for scholarship are enrolled for Aadhaar so that they can receive money into their bank accounts,” he added.
“The district collectors have been asked to coordinate and supervise this campaign mode Aadhaarenrolment 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 enrolment. Progress of the campaign would be reviewed every week. Parents of school students may take advantage of this opportunity and get their children enrolled for Aadhaar at the earliest,” he said.
“It may be ensured that during Aadhaar enrolment 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,” Dr. Pandey said.
So far, over 103.5 crore Aadhaar has 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.