Aadhaar is mandatory to get government benefits, subsidies, UIDAI circular said

Aadhaar Can Be Used to Avail 8 Online Services by Delhi Government, Not Mandatory for All, UIDAI Says

According to a recent circular issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), if you do not have an Aadhaar number or enrollment slip, you may not be eligible for government subsidies and benefits. The UIDAI issued a circular to all central ministries and state governments last week.

On August 11, a circular was issued to tighten Aadhaar rules for those who do not have an Aadhaar number and are availing subsidies and benefits provided by the government.

If you want government certificates used to determine eligibility of beneficiaries for delivery of benefits/subsidies/services under government schemes, you must have an Aadhaar number, the circular said.

According to a circular issued by the UIDAI on August 11, there is an existing provision in Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act to enable a person who has not been provided with an Aadhaar number to avail benefits, subsidies and services through an alternative. A viable means of identification.”

The latest circular said that more than 99 per cent adults in the country have now been issued an Aadhaar number.

“Thus in the above background and in view of the provision of Section 7 of the Act… if an individual has not been allotted an Aadhaar number, he/she shall apply for enrollment and till then the Aadhaar number shall be allotted to such persons. Individual, he/she Aadhaar Enrollment can avail benefits, subsidies and services through alternative and viable means of identification including identification (EID) number/slip,” the circular stated.

This means an Aadhaar Enrollment Identification (EID) number or slip is required to avail central and state government services, benefits and subsidies if one does not yet have an Aadhaar number.

The circular said many services and benefits are being transferred directly to the residents due to the wide coverage of 99 per cent adults with Aadhaar identity. “Aadhaar has significantly improved the quality of experience of residents or citizens while availing welfare services,” the circular said.

The UIDAI issued another circular on August 11, which said that institutions can make Virtual Identifier (VID) optional. “Some government agencies may require Aadhaar number in their respective databases for smooth implementation of social welfare schemes. Therefore, such government agencies may be required to provide Aadhaar number to beneficiaries and make VID optional,” the UIDAI said in the circular.


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