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Subsidies: Aadhaar to get legal tag for larger role

Bill for targeted delivery of subsidies to be introduced in Budget session

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee 

The most significant element of the subsidy package in Budget 2016-17 is the linkage sought to be established between delivery of subsidies and the roll out of Aadhaar. For years, field-level studies have used Aadhaar-based identification of subsidy recipients to show how use of the identification system makes targeting of the benefits better. But, both the United Progressive Alliance and the National Democratic Alliance governments were hamstrung, as the Supreme Court had held that lack of Aadhaar could not be used as a reason to deny government support to anyone and instead had to be ...

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First Published: Tue, March 01 2016. 00:40 IST
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