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Activists, academics warn of pitfalls and loopholes

Aadhaar rolled out in 20 districts for 7 schemes

The Union government today began a rollout of the first phase of the project for direct cash transfer of subsidies, to a little over 200,000 beneficiaries of seven schemes. A number of academics, activists and others from different walks of life, numbering around 200, sounded a public word of caution on linking the scheme with Aadhaar, the unique citizen identification number. The government had initially planned to start the project, now formally termed Direct Benefits Transfer, in 43 districts and 34 schemes. It stepped back on the eve of the launch yesterday, as a matter of caution, and ...