Govt to make Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGS work
In a bid to prevent the leakage of the welfare fund allocated from the Consolidated Fund of India, the central government is set to make Aadhaar card mandatory for MGNREGS work, which provides nearly 100 days of work for a household a year. The scheme will be implemented from April 1. Those people who have already registered under the MGNREGS scheme and do not have an Aadhaar card will get time until March 31 to register or furnish the Aadhaar card or registration document submitted to obtain the card. In order to avert all miseries expected to occur during the sudden implementation-process, the authorities will allow the people to use ration card, voters ID, driving license, Kisan passbook, MGNREGS job card, or an identification certificate certified by a gazetted official or tehsildar to avail the benefits until they get the Aadhaar card.
A huge sum of Rs. 38500 crore has been earmarked by the central government from the Consolidated Fund of India for MGNREGS program, which is one of the most successful welfare programs in the rural India as it provides continuous job opportunities and thus livelihood to a large number of households across the rural India where the preponderance of our citizens belongs. The Aadhaar linked Direct Benefit Transfer scheme, which covers nearly 24 welfare schemes run by the central ministry, has considerably reduced the leakage channels. The central government, which is eyeing to widen the scope of the scheme, has bought the implementation of the scheme under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister Office, which has directed the state governments to bring more welfare schemes under the DBT scheme.
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