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Minister flags off 50 Aadhaar enrollment vans

With an aim to cover 100% populations of the state under the Aadhaar scheme, irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes on Friday flagged off a mobile Aadhaar enrollment van from the secretariat here.

chandigarh Updated: Sep 12, 2014 18:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

With an aim to cover 100% populations of the state under the Aadhaar scheme, irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes on Friday flagged off a mobile Aadhaar enrollment van from the secretariat here.


Stokes said the state government had worked out a detailed strategy of deploying 50 such vans for the enrollment of the remaining population, without an Aadhaar number. "There is 5% population in the state, which is without an Aadhaar number," she said, while talking to the reporters here.

Octogenarian minister Stokes, who also holds a portfolio of information and technology minister, said Himachal was one of the leading states in Aadhaar coverage, where more than 68.63 lakh residents have been enrolled and unique identification (UID) had been generated for more than 64.90 lakh residents, which were about 95% of the total population.

She added, "After covering the Shimla district, the drive will be followed in other districts of the state."

The minister said these vans would follow a panchayat-wise route plan and provide services to every panchayat for a minimum period of three days. "The state has distributed more than `37 crore to the beneficiaries of separate government schemes through Aadhaar based direct benefit transfer (DBT)," she added.

Stokes said food and civil supplies department had digitized 78% of the ration cards linked with the Aadhaar cards and that it had been updated on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS) database. She said 80% of the active MNREGA beneficiaries were mapped with their Aadhaar numbers.

Stokes said during the first phase of Aadhaar enrolment process, more than 44 lakh people had been covered and in the second phase 26 lakh people were enrolled. She added that districts such as Hamirpur, Mandi, Una and Bilaspur were having more than 100 % Aadhaar enrolment, compared to its population.

First Published: Sep 12, 2014 18:38 IST