Government of Maharashtra became the first State Government to successfully link UID (Aadhaar) with salaries of State Government employees. The pilot was successfully completed when all employees of the IT department of the State Government got their salaries for the month of July 2013 through their UID (Aadhaar) linked Bank Accounts.
The IT department was selected for the pilot as all employees in the department have UID numbers. As an initial step, the UID numbers were mapped to the employee details and bank accounts. The Banks were informed of the mapping of UID numbers and bank account and the same was seeding in the Core Banking system of the bank and the mapper maintained by National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). To confirm the correctness of the UID and Bank Account mapping and to ensure that the salary reaches the right person, Re. 1 was pushed into the UID linked bank accounts of the employees as a test case. On successful payment of Re. 1 into each account, the actual salary payment was made, wherein only the UID numbers and the salary amount were mentioned. The payment was made using the Aadhaar Payment Bridge (APB), making Maharashtra the first State to use Aadhaar for payment of employee salaries.
Lauding the success of the team, Secretary IT Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal said – “It is a historic moment for the State and another feather in our cap in being the most innovative State in the UID ecosystem. Going forward, it would be extended to other departments and finally the payments would be made directly from one single location without routing it through multiple departments/offices.” Use of Aadhaar Payment Bridge would facilitate payment of salaries into correct bank accounts, ensure that employees get their salaries on-time and without any hassle.