Apply For Aadhaar Before Dec 31 To Avail Govt Schemes & Subsidies

The Central Government on Wednesday, Sep 27 extended the deadline for obtaining biometric identification Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31,2017. Ministry of Finance has issued four separate Gazette notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for opening all post office deposit accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra deposits. If one does not have the 12-digit Unique Identification Number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India, he will have to now get it made in order to avail all these facilities.

The said extension will cover 135 government schemes of 35 ministries including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA. More than 50 government schemes have been linked with Aadhaar.”As a result of the review of welfare schemes covered and to provide the benefits of such schemes to all eligible beneficiaries of the scheme, it has been decided to further extend the stipulated date in all such notifications up to December 31, 2017,” the order said. The extension would also apply for-

  • Employees’ Pension Scheme of 1995
  • Scholarships
  • Housing subsidy benefit
  • Stipend to SC/ST trainees for coaching guidance and vocational training
  • Stipend to handicapped
  • Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana
  • National apprenticeship and skill development schemes
  • Crop insurance schemes
  • Interest subvention scheme
  • Scholarship and fellowship schemes
  • Various education programmes such as mid- day meal for children
  • Atal Pension Yojana

Existing depositors who have not provided Aadhaar number at the time of application for such deposit “shall submit his Aadhaar number to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017.

It is hereby clarified that all such beneficiaries who are not assigned Aadhaar number or those who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar are required to enroll for Aadhaar by December 31, 2017 and provide their Aadhaar number or enrolment ID.

Meanwhile, the government also plans to make linking of Aadhaar mandatory for driving licence. “It (Aadhaar-Licence linking) would be done soon to check the menace of multiple licensing,” Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.