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40% students of govt schools in U’khand yet to be linked with Aadhaar

The school education department is yet to link nearly 40% students of primary and secondary government schools with Aadhaar

dehradun Updated: Feb 07, 2018 22:32 IST
Nihi Sharma
While private schools completed the process of linking students with Aadhaar in August, the government schools are still struggling to finish it.
While private schools completed the process of linking students with Aadhaar in August, the government schools are still struggling to finish it.(HT Photo)

The school education department is yet to link nearly 40% students of primary and secondary government schools with Aadhaar.

The deadline for the certified company to complete the task is March 31 following which, the department would have to take up the exercise on their own.

According to a Human Resource and Development Ministry (MHRD) directive issued in February last year, all schools should link students with the unique identity number.

While private schools completed the process in August, the government schools are still struggling to finish it.

Official statistics of the department showed there were over 17 lakh students enrolled in the state in over 17,000 primary and secondary schools. Going by the figures, nearly 7 lakh students are yet to be linked with the Aadhaar.

“As the matter is in the apex court, we got delayed. But, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has finalised an agency and we will start making the remaining cards soon. We are hopeful of completing the task till March 31,” said Alok Shekhar Tiwari, director general school education.

There are several advantages of linking students with Aadhaar.

No duplication would be reported in government schools as the database of all students will be updated. This also means that teachers won’t be able to show fake students strength. It would help in checking expense on students.

Meanwhile, drop outs could be easily traced. The midday meal under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan would also be streamlined clearly noting the beneficiaries. The free meal is provided to students till class 8th.

Similarly, students of Madrasas too haven’t been linked.

The MHRD has written to the department on January 12 asking to provide data of students linked with Aadhaar. The ministry has suggested forwarding the funds for uniform and books in the account of students. But, it’s optional.

“There are issues pertaining to direct transfer of funds in the account of students. However, its optional and the state government has to decide about it,” Tiwari said.

Sohan Singh, a teacher at Chakrata block in Dehradun district, said, “It’s an initiative that will not only help keep track of students, but will also bring transparency in the school system. The benefits of various schemes would then go to only beneficiaries.”