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Aadhaar mandatory for school kids too! Visit your bank to speed up process

Govt has asked states to complete Aadhaar enrollment of school children by August 31

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As per date with the Ministry, just 23% of the total school students have been enrolled to Aaadhar in Andhra Pradesh, 26% in Uttar Pradesh, 28% Odisha, 42% in Rajasthan, 61% in Madhya Pradesh and 63% in Bihar.

Centre has asked Karnataka and 15 other states to complete Aadhaar enrollment of school children by August 31 and submit the data to ensure serving of the mid-day meal to them "in a seamless manner." According to Deccan Herald, this comes as the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry observed that many of these 16 States were lagging far behind in completion of the task, with Nagaland having enrolled just 15 percent of 1,59,449 students to Aadhaar.
 
In Karnataka, only 70 percent of the total number of students have so far been enrolled to Aaadhar. A total of 49,10,765 students enrolled in the Government schools in the State.
 
“The stipulated date for completing 100% Aadhaar enrollment is August 31, 2017. I earnestly suggest the Aadhaar enrollment campaign be given an added thrust by the Government of Karnataka in a time bound manner,” school education department secretary of the HRD Ministry Anil Swarup stated in his letter to Karnataka Chief Secretary Subhash C Khuntia.
 
As per date with the Ministry, just 23% of the total school students have been enrolled to Aaadhar in Andhra Pradesh, 26% in Uttar Pradesh, 28% Odisha, 42% in Rajasthan, 61% in Madhya Pradesh and 63% in Bihar.
 
West Bengal Government has not shared any update on the Aadhaar enrollment of school students despite HRD Ministry's “repeated requests and reminders,” an official said.
 
Aadhaar enrolment centres at banks
 
To simplify the process, now, one out of 10 bank branches will have Aadhaar enrolment facility. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asked private as well as public sector banks to set up Aadhaar enrolment facility in at least one out of 10 branches in the coming weeks, a top official has said.

 
Suitable changes have been made recently in Aadhaar regulations to facilitate this.
 
At present, there are 25,000 active enrolment centres across the country but they operate from their own premises. However, none of these centres are being operated from bank premises.
 
"We are asking all Scheduled Commercial Banks - both public and private - to set up Aadhaar enrolment and updation facility inside the bank branches...At least in one of ten branches by August-end," Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of told PTI.
 
There are 120,000 bank branches in the country and by this move 12,000 Aadhaar enrolment and updation centres will be set up in those branches, he pointed out.
 
He further said that the direction will provide "convenience" to people given that Aadhaar is now mandatory for opening new bank accounts and for existing accounts as well.
 
Moreover, locating Aadhaar centres within bank premises will ensure that the enrolment happens in a secure environment.
 
"The enrolment will happen in a secure and supervised environment. So there are less chances of complaints of corruption, over-charging or malpractices," Pandey added.
 
As it is, many private sector banks have requested that they be allowed to do enrolments for Aadhaar, Pandey said, adding that the authority will appoint them as 'registrars', if they are already not so.
 
Many banks are already 'registrars' but they do not have enrolment centres inside the bank premises.
 
The government has recently made quoting of the 12 digit biometric identity number Aadhaar mandatory for opening of bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of Rs 50,000 and above.
 
Existing bank account holders have been asked to furnish the Aadhaar number issued by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will cease to be operational.

First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 10:22 IST
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