Terming Aadhaar as an effective way of removing corruption, Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad informed that nearly 67 crore bank accounts out of 110 crore have been linked to Aadhaar.
“Of the 110 crore total bank accounts in the country, about 67 crore bank accounts are linked to Aadhaar,” Prasad said, while inaugurating a workshop on Aadhaar services offered by the Common Services Centres or CSCs in New Delhi.
He added, “Aadhaar is an effective instrument in removing corruption. We have saved Rs. 50,000 crore by removing corruption.” He expressed the hope that the Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) would rise to the occasion and help the government in making India corruption-free.
The event was also attended by Dr Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary-Meity, Sanjeev Mittal, Joint Secretary-Meity, Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, UIDAI, Narendra Bhooshan, Deputy Director General, UIDAI, Ashok Kumar, Assnt. Director General, UIDAI, among others.
The minister was addressing around 600 VLEs from States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh. “CSC movement has attained a new identity under with the support from the Government and specifically from the minister. I am happy to note that CSCs have played a significant role in Aadhaar journey,” said Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
“Aadhaar is the basis of CSC. This is our first principle. Aadhaar is a revolution that will transform the life of a common man. Our 28,000 PECs have enrolled 22 Cr Aadhaar in the country. Our VLEs are providing Aadhaar services at the doorsteps of the citizens. Through Aadhaar, our VLEs have created rural enterprises in the country,” said Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC SPV.
“We have done 80 lakh child enrollments in the country. In schools, Aanganwadi centres, Pulse Polio booths, we have started a new tradition of child enrolment. We have initiated innovative ways of Aadhaar generation, for example, Aadhaar mela, Aadhaar-on-wheels, etc. Our VLEs have made Aadhaar for the differently abled persons that ensured pensions for them,” he added.
The minister also inaugurated an online appointment system for Aadhaar service whereby citizens can book an appointment and visit the Aadhaar centre on the particular day.