Aadhaar-based Direct Cash Transfer Roll-out From New Year

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Aadhaar-based direct cash transfer system will be rolled out from the next year; the decision was taken by the executive committee on direct cash transfers in the presence of Prime Minister.

It was decided in the meeting that all departments engaged in transferring benefits to individual beneficiaries will go online with their schemes from 1st January, 2013. A roadmap will be prepared for easy roll-out in which 51 districts will go online from January with states going online from 1st April in installments.

The meeting was attended by the Secretaries and representatives of the Departments of  Financial Services, UIDAI (Aadhaar), IT, Planning Commission,  Expenditure, Posts, and various other departments.

The list of schemes, roadmaps, and timelines will be sent to the Planning Commission and PMO by 20 November.

UIDAI will set up a dedicated cell of technical experts in UIDAI to facilitate Aaadhaar enabled Direct Cash Transfers and help individual Ministries. Department of Financial Services will go for universal Financial Inclusion through individual Bank Accounts for all in line with the roadmap.

UIDAI will also rollout Aadhaar speedily in line with the roadmap. Departments will work towards digitising their databases quickly, particularly at the state level with the help of state governments, DeITy and NIC to ensure convergence.

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