Government Makes Aadhaar Mandatory for MGNREGA Work (Download PDF)

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The Union Government has made mandatory for people living in rural areas need to have Aadhaar under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Those who have registered under the scheme will be required to give furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar card or undergo the enrolment process till March 31, 2017.

Image of Rural Job Scheme

Image of Rural Job Scheme

Image of Rural Job Scheme

Introduction

  • Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme mandates 100 days’ work for a household annually.
  • The government has invoked Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016 for this purpose.
  • This section allows Government to ask an individual to undergo authentication or furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar when the government gives subsidy, benefit or service from Consolidated Fund of India (CFI).
  • The rationale behind making Aadhaar cards mandatory for the MGNREGA is to prevent leakages of subsidies and ensure that the beneficiaries get their due.
  • It will ensure effective implementation of the Aadhaar-linked Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme aimed at checking leakages of welfare funds.
  • Under DBT scheme, all cash benefits are transferred to beneficiary’s bank account.
  • Union Government has asked its departments and State governments to widen scope of DBT to include all monetary transfers.
      Image of NREGA

Image of NREGA

Image of NREGA

  Aadhar Card Kendra

Aadhar Card Kendra

Aadhar Card Kendra

About Aadhaar

  • Launched : 28 January 2009
  • It is a central government agency of India.
  • Its objective is to collect the biometric and demographic data of residents.
  • It aims to store details in a centralized database.
  • Issues a 12-digit unique identity number called Aadhaar to each resident.
  • The world’s largest national identification number project.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 9, 2017

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