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Odisha Government makes Aadhaar mandatory for pension: Reports

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The State Government of Odisha has made linking Aadhaar number to bank accounts mandatory for beneficiaries of social welfare schemes from April 1, ANI reported. The move, which is aimed at checking pilferage, applies to recipients of pension under the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and the Madhubabu Pension Yojana (MBPY). “Aadhaar seeding is about 91% per cent in case of NSAP and about 73 per cent in case of MBPY in Odisha. Aadhaar seeding needs to be enhanced to 100 per cent immediately for ensuring complete transparency in respect of these two schemes,” read the letter from the Commissioner-cum-secretary, Department of Social Security and empowerment of Persons with disabilities, the ANI report said. Scheme beneficiaries, with Aadhaar seeding pending, will have to bring a copy of their Aadhaar card when they come to receive pension on January 15, the Hindustan Times reported. Those without an Aadhaar card will be taken to a team that will collect details for the issuance of the same. Meanwhile, District Social Security Officers have been asked to identify beneficiaries who have died and delete the names of those who receive pension in NSAP even after they are covered under MBPY or vice versa, according to the New Indian Express. All districts have to complete the Aadhaar verification before sanctioning any new beneficiary under both NSAP and MBPY. They have to complete the seeding process by March 15. Aadhaar linking of all beneficiaries under NSAP and MBPY failed to complete by October 2019, according to…

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