Delhi govt makes Aadhaar mandatory for granting subsidy on e-rickshaws
A notice issued by the transport department this week said that the registered owners of e-rickshaws in Delhi will be considered for a subsidy of Rs30,000 only after they provide their Aadhaar card details.delhi Updated: Jun 29, 2017 11:27 IST
The Delhi government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for those seeking subsidy on e-rickshaws registered in the city.
A notice issued by the transport department this week said that the registered owners of e-rickshaws in Delhi will be considered for a subsidy of Rs30,000 only after they provide their Aadhaar card details.
It is not the first time that the Kejriwal government has made Aadhaar card mandatory for a facility. Prior to this, it had made Aadhaar compulsory for ration card holders to claim subsidised items at fair price shops. This is despite the Supreme Court’s orders against the move.
A senior transport department official said the move is aimed “to check the problem of duplication in grant of financial assistance”.
“All registered e-rickshaw owners whose subsidy claims are pending are now required to submit the photo copies of their Aadhaar card and registration certificate at the office of concerned motor licensing officers (MLO) by June 30,” an official said.
The claims of subsidy will not be considered if the Aadhaar card and registration certificate copies are not submitted by the due date, the notice mentioned.
As per the latest figures, there are over 31,000 registered e-rickshaws in the city.
The subsidy scheme was launched by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a rally of e-rickshaw drivers in February last year. But, only around 2,600 registered e-rickshaw owners have actually received the subsidy.
Delhi government in its current financial year budget has earmarked Rs1.06 crore for providing subsidy to e-rickshaw owners.
The scheme had failed to take off since its launch due to duplicity of claimants furnishing varying documents for seeking the subsidy.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has streamlined the process of registration and grant of subsidy to e-rickshaw drivers and avoid duplicity, by making Aadhaar card details mandatory.
In the case of already registered e-rickshaws, the concerned MLOs will obtain Aadhaar card number from the beneficiaries before reimbursements of subsidy, the committee said in its directive.