Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi launched the Aadhaar Enabled Service Delivery. Prime Minister and the UPA chairperson were in Rajasthan's Dudu village to mark the 2nd anniversary of Aadhaar. To celebrate the occasion the PM also gave the 210th million UID number to a local resident.
"Today we will be giving the 21st crore Aadhaar number to a resident of Dudu here in Rajasthan
and also launch the Aadhaar Enabled Service Delivery across the country so that benefits of various schemes reach residents. I would like to compliment Unique identification Authority of India
UIDAI chairman Shri Nandan Nilekani
and his team for achieving so much in such a short duration," said the Prime Minister in a statement.
Aadhar Enabled Service Delivery initiatives will be rolled out in 51 districts across the country. Several government schemes such as MNREGA wage payments, PDS distribution, old-age pensions will be linked with the Aadhar. Aadhaar Enabled Service Delivery is the usage of the Aadhaar identity platform to identify and authenticate residents for delivery of benefits/services by various government or private agencies like opening bank accounts or availing LPG subsidy.
The people in the state of Rajasthan expressed hopes that UID will help them in getting the full benefit government schemes and will curb the menace of corruption.
“The card will allow timely arrival of our pensions. It will also stop middlemen and corrupt officials from taking a cut as we can challenge them with our finger prints and signatures. We can get our pensions on time and corrupt practices can come to an end,” said Umesh Kumawat, a local resident to the news agency ANI.
Students have also expressed happiness over the Aadhar number. “My family is very happy with the initiative because earlier I had to struggle while visiting a university. We become eligible for various benefits while visiting another college or a state,” said Monika Kumawat, a local student.
However, there are people also who are not expecting much changes from the Aadhar. “I do not have much hope from the IDI card. It is just a formality by the government,” Kashiram Yadav, a local resident.