10 crore Aadhaar numbers linked to bank accounts
New Delhi, December 16, 2014
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today said it had crossed a major milestone with 10 crore Aadhaar (UID) numbers having been linked to bank accounts of Aadhaar holders so far as part of the government's Digital India mission.
This would enable these individuals to digitally receive government welfare subsidies and other payments directly into their bank accounts, in a hassle-free manner, it said.
The release said establishing a link between an Aadhaar number and a bank account makes it easy for the government to identify genuine beneficiaries and route welfare payments and subsidies directly into their bank accounts. The individual can benefit from this system as it is portable across any bank in the country.
The person can access these subsidies even if he or she moves to another part of the country. Till date, 333 banks are live on this platform.
To link Aadhaar number to their bank account, residents need to provide a copy of their Aadhaar letter or their e-Aadhaar to the bank branch in which they have an account. Once the account is seeded, the account will be used by Government departments to transfer subsidies directly into this bank account.
Residents can check status of the Aadhaar-Bank account linkage by dialling *99*99# on their mobile phone. This facility is provided by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) at a cost of Rs.1.50 per enquiry.
The release said Aadhaar identity platform is the largest biometric database in the world and serves users ranging from LPG consumers, MNREGA workers, PDS, remittance and scholarship beneficiaries, and so on – all using their Aadhaar number to avail benefits.
As of December 9 this year, about eight crore transactions have been made through the Aadhaar Payment Bridge for various Government welfare programmes such as Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme, Tribal welfare schemes and Pensions, amounting to Rs.5,151.51 crore.
Issuance of Aadhaars crossed the 72 crore-mark as on December 12. In the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, over 10 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated. These four states with a combined population of about 34 crore, were allocated to UIDAI earlier this year for issuance of Aadhaars.