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Aadhaar Watch: Running report of Aadhaar-related questions in Parliament Winter Session 2019

This running report will document all Aadhaar related questions asked during the Parliament Winter Session 2019. We will keep updating this on a daily basis. Direct benefit transfers MeitY doesn't know the impact of Aadhaar-ration card linkage On November 22, Minister of State for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Danve Raosaheb Dadarao, acknowledged in Rajya Sabha, that “a few” media reports said that beneficiaries faced “difficulties” in receiving their entitled quota of food grains because their ration card was not linked to Aadhaar. But, he added, these “allegations” of deaths between 2017-2019 due to starvation have not been substantiated. He had been asked about the number of starvation deaths that have been reported between 2017-2019, ever since Aadhaar became mandatory to avail subsidised food grains and cash transfer of food subsidies. Dadarao added that MeitY has directed states and UTs to not delete eligible people only on the ground of not possessing an Aadhaar number. If Aadhaar/biometric authentication fails due to technical reasons (such as network/connectivity/linking issues/poor biometric of the beneficiary), people cannot be denied benefits under NFSA (National Food Security Act). However, people will still have to produce a physical copy of their Aadhaar number. [embeddoc url="https://www.medianama.com/wp-content/uploads/AU727-1.pdf" width="50%" download="all"] More than 10 million children in elementary schools don’t have an Aadhaar As of March 31, 2019, 12,822,322 students at the elementary level (class I-VIII) do not possess an Aadhaar number. In 2018-19, 119,827,939 children had enrolled in the government's mid-day meal scheme, and 113,906,555 of those are elementary…

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