Aadhaar card would cut out bogus beneficiaries: Chavan

Mumbai: Stating that all government services would be linked with Aadhaar card, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan yesterday said the money meant for the beneficiaries will be transferred directly into his/her bank account.

"Bogus beneficiaries will be curbed because of Aadhaar card," Chavan was quoted as saying in an official press release.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. AFP

The Chief Minister yesterday met Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI) Nandan Nilekani.

Rajesh Aggarwal, secretary, Information and Technology, said, during the meeting Nilekani suggested that state governments should have more 'business correspondents', who act as representatives of banks in remote areas.

"It will be equivalent to a bank branch," Aggarwal said.

He also said that Nilekani appreciated the performance of Maharashtra in enrolling for Aadhaar card.

"He talked about how to make enrollment quicker," Aggarwal said, adding that enrollment was over in the slum areas of Mumbai and Pune.

"In Mumbai, the Aadhaar card has reached 60 lakh people," he said.

Around 4.07 crore people have enrolled for the Aadhaar card in the state and 3.44 crore have received it.

Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao has directed the banks to accept Aadhaar card as a proof of address and to link it with existing accounts, Aggarwal said.


Updated Date: Aug 14, 2012 08:52 AM

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