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Aadhaar watch: Ration card validation, EPFO, scholarships & more


Aadhaar validation at ration shops runs into trouble: Maharashtra government’s plans for linking ration cards to Aadhaar cards has run into trouble as there are inconsistencies in data. Names on the ration cards are not the same as the names on Aadhaar cards as people add a prefix or suffix on the same. The report added that there are also issues as the public distribution system (PDS) is for an entire family while the Aadhaar database is based for individuals. More in DNA.

EPFO to link Aadhaar to withdrawals: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organiazation (EPFO) is launching a number of Aadhaar-linked products PF withdrawal and pension fixation by the end of the fiscal year.  More than 1.5 crore EPFO subscribers’ EPF accounts are seeded with Aadhaar and they will be linking the rest of 2.5 crore accounts with Aadhaar. More in NDTV Profit.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study Aadhaar-linked services: The Hans India reports that a delegation from the foundation visited villages in Andhra Pradesh to study Aadhaar-linked services to villagers including sanction of pensions and E-PoS through Aadhaar linkage.

Why should applying for Aadhaar-linked scholarships be online?: The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre why Aadhaar-linked scholarships for minorities should be an online process and not available offline. Last week, the Supreme Court had ruled that the Aadhaar is not mandatory for scholarships. However, the Delhi High Court said that it was hearing a petition which challenged the decision which made it mandatory to apply for scholarships online only. More in Indian Express.

Aadhaar needed for microfinance: The Scroll reports that some private companies are pushing Aadhaar as their primary identification for their services. Microfinance Institution Network and Sa-Dhan have enforced the requirement of Aadhaar as a prerequisite to avail loans arguing that it will help the lenders prevent borrowing multiple times.

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Board exams need Aadhaar card: Education News Agency India reports that Aadhaar has been made mandatory for students appearing for board exams in Maharashtra.

Full enrolment on Aadhaar a challenge – UIDAI Chairman: Speaking at an event in Mumbai, the chairman of the UIDAI J Satyanarayana elaborated on the challenges in getting full enrolment on Aadhaar. He also stressed that birth and death records must be updated continuously for the Aadhaar system to be up to date. The age group of 5-15 years is also crucial  for Aadhaar. More in Mint.

Link MNREGA to Aadhaar at the earliest: The Hindu reports that regional authorities in Yadgir, Karnataka have asked officials to complete the process of linking Aadhaar cards with bank accounts of beneficiaries of MNREGA at the earliest.

Google in talks with government for UPI and Aadhaar: Caesar Sengupta, vice president  for Google discussed the possibility of using the UPI and Aadhaar for bringing the next billion online in an interview with the Economic Times.

Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for salaries:  Jammu and Kashmir High court quashea proposal to make Aadhaar mandatory for government employees to withdraw salaries. An order was passed by the state government which made possession of Aadhar mandatory for almost all sections of the people including employees, pensioners, Public Sector Unit Holders etc. More details at Dailyexcelsior.

Wrestlers need Aadhaar for national tournaments: The Indian Express reports that Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has introduced this mandatory rule to curb age fraud and also prevent the inter-state exodus of players using fake domicile.

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Farmers protest against Aadhaar link for procurement: In Odisha’s Sambalpur, farmers protested linking Aadhaar to bank accounts for procurement of paddy. Details at The New Indian Express.


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