WHAT IS ‘AADHAR’?
- Aadhar is a 12 digit individual identification number. It will serve as proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.
- Any person, irrespective of his/her age or gender, who is a resident of India, can enroll for Aadhar.
- Aadhar enrollment is free of cost.
- You need to enroll only once. The unique Aadhar number remains valid for life.
- Aadhar card will enable ‘anytime, anywhere, anyhow’ authentication of identity and thus give migrants mobility of identity.
- Aadhar will also prevent misuse of subsidy amounts provided by the Government for beneficiaries as the money will be deposited directly in their bank accounts.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING AN ‘AADHAR’ CARD?
- Aadhar is a proof of identity. It can be used for getting benefits of various social welfare programmes of the Government such as Public Distribution System, Food Security, Mid Day Meals, Integrated Child Development Scheme, MNREGA, Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana, Indira Awaas Yojana, Prime Minister’s Employment Guarantee Program, Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, Janani Suraksha Yojana, Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyaan, Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana, Janashri Bima Yojana, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana and many others.
- With Aadhar, a common person can claim his/her rights anywhere in the country.
- With the Aadhaar card even poor people can easily establish their identity to banks for opening accounts.
- You can also carry it in the train journey as an identity proof.
AADHAR BASED ‘DIRECT BENEFIT TRANSFER’ (DBT) SCHEME
- Under the DBT scheme, the entitled monetary benefits under the identified schemes are transferred directly to the bank account of the beneficiaries, which are linked with the Aadhar number. However at present, since many beneficiaries are still to be provided the Aadhar card, the benefits are deposited to the bank accounts even without the Aadhar number.
- The DBT was launched on 1 January, 2013 in 43 districts in 16 States and Union Territories for 25 schemes. The second phase was launched on 1 July, 2013 when 78 more districts were added along with three more pension schemes. Thus in all 121 districts would get covered under DBT. Seventeen of these are scholarship related schemes under various ministries. It also covers schemes such as Indira Gandhi Matritiva Sahyog Yojana, Dhanlakshmi scheme, Janani Suraksha Yojana, housing subsidy for Beedi workers, stipend for SC/ST for coaching, guidance and vocational training.
DIRECT BENEFITS TRANSFER FOR LPG
- Direct Benefits Transfer for LPG or cooking gas has become operational in 19 districts of the country from 1 June, 2013. Ultimately this scheme will be extended to all parts of the country.
- Under this scheme, all LPG consumers with Aadhar numbers and whose bank accounts are linked to Aadhar numbers will be given an advance amount of Rs.435/- per cylinder booked, immediately on booking a cylinder. While the LPG cylinders will be supplied at the market price, the subsidy amount will be credited automatically in their accounts.
HOW DOES ONE GET AN ‘AADHAR’ NUMBER?
- You can go to any authorized Aadhar Enrollment Centre anywhere in India with proof of identity and address.
- Common proofs of identity and address are: ID card, ration card, passport, driving license, PAN card.
- Address proof documents also include water, electricity or phone bills for the last three months.
- Certificate of address proof issued by MP/MLA/Gazetted Officer/Tehsildar/Village Panchayat head on letterhead is also accepted as valid proof of address .
- In case there are no documents available, residents can also take help of introducers available at the Aadhar Enrolment Centre.
- At the Enrolment Centre one has to fill one’s personal details within the form. An individual’s finger-prints and eye scan will be taken as a part of the enrollment.
WHERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON AADHAR?
Further information on Aadhar is available at the following sources:
Toll Free Number
|Unique identification authority of India, Planning
Commission, Government of India,
3rd Floor, Tower II,
Jeevan Bharti Building, Connaught circus,
New Delhi – 110001