Haryana uses Aadhaar to distribute scholarships

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Haryana has become the first state in North India to disburse student scholarship payments using the Aadhaar-enabled payment system. The payments, which are made through micro ATMs, happen after online authentication with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) data server. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, in presence of Chairman UIDAI Nandan Nilekani, inaugurated the project here. The beneficiaries were students from Government Senior Secondary School, Durana Village of Ambala-I block.

The UIDAI Regional Office, Chandigarh, organised the function in association with Punjab National Bank and the Education Department, Haryana. Mr Hooda said all residents of Haryana would be provided with Aadhar Cards by March 2013. As many as 3000 machines would be used to achieve this target. He further said Haryana had a total population of about 2.53 crore and in this third phase of providing Aadhar cards to the people of the state, about 1.5 lakh people would be covered daily.

Mr Hooda directed the officials to install machines in various districts keeping in view their respective population. Mr Hooda told the UIDAI chairman that smart cards were being provided to people of four districts through special camps and for providing Smart Cards to the people in other 17 districts, tenders would be invited within next 15 days.  In the meeting, it was informed that 11 per cent of total population of the state had been covered under second phase of making Aadhar Cards. Out of total enrolment of 26 lakh in the state, about 22.3 lakh Aadhar Numbers have been generated and 20.2 lakh cards have been delivered to residents.

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