Aadhaar Now Mandatory for Subsidised Foodgrains

IAS Prelims 2023

The Food Ministry has Aadhaar made mandatory as subsidised foodgrains under the public distribution system and cash transfer of food subsidy with effect from February 8, under NFSA involved recurring expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India.

This condition will also be applicable for all the new beneficiaries. This notification shall come into effect from 08-2-2017 in all States and Union Territories, except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.

Beneficiaries under NFSA (National Food Security Act) not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, have been given time till June 30, 2017.

Government had introduced the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill as a money Bill in March 2016, which was later passed by the Lok Sabha.

The Aadhaar Act inter alia provides that the Central/State Government while making expenditure from Consolidated Fund of India for any subsidy, may require such individual to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo authentication.

The Aadhaar was assigned to the beneficiaries, the entitlements shall be given on production of ration card and either Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip or copy of his/her request made for the same, along with any of the eight documents listed by it, such as voter ID card, PAN, passport, driving license etc.