Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has started a special Aadhaar enrolment drive for school children across the country.
Aadhaar enables students to apply for scholarships online conveniently and receive money into their bank accounts directly.
The India government has already generated 103.5 crore Aadhaar cards for residents covering 97 percent of the adult population. However, Aadhaar saturation in respect of children of age 5 –18 years is relatively lower at 64 percent.
The government is giving preference to students who are eligible for any scholarship scheme for giving the Aadhaar cards. The District Collectors in all the schools of their respective districts are coordinating the program.
The Headmaster of schools is accountable to take the students to nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre for enrolling for Aadhaar. Wherever large numbers of students are to be enrolled, enrolment camps are being organized in the schools.
These students will be able to avail various scholarships in a hassle-free manner through Aadhaar based DBT into their bank accounts. All the students entitled for any type of scholarships will be offered priority Aadhaar enrolment by 15 August, 2016.
“The School Education Departments in States through school teachers and local Aadhaar enrolment agencies are undertaking Aadhaar enrolment of students in a campaign mode to ensure that all students willing to apply for scholarship are enrolled for Aadhaar so that they can receive money into their bank accounts,” said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, chief executive officer of UIDAI.
It may be ensured that during Aadhaar enrolment mobile and email of either the student or his parent or any family member is captured. This will facilitate communication about Aadhaar generation, download of e-Aadhaar, retrieval of Aadhaar Number, etc. more conveniently.