Of nearly 22, 677 beneficiaries in Nawanshahr only 50 per cent have been issued Aadhar cards in the past two weeks; sources say the expected beneficiaries are facing harassment as agencies appointed to make the cards are racing against time to achieve their target
As the Centre races to launch its flagship Direct Cash Transfer programme from January 1, the low concentration of Aadhaar card database in the identified 51 districts, including Nawanshahr in Punjab, has become a cause of major concern.
The programme, under which cash subsidy will be transferred electronically in bank accounts directly, is to be linked to Aadhaar card of beneficiaries. However, sources say the expected beneficiaries are facing harassment and confusion as agencies appointed for making the cards are racing against time to achieve 100 per cent target, particularly in rural areas of the district.
They say the inadequate arrangements and frequent change in the proforma required for the Aadhaar card are the major reasons behind the harassment and confusion.
While most of the beneficiaries do not have verified digitised Aadhaar-card, some, who have this, are yet to get it linked to their bank accounts. While Centre has called for covering 34 welfare schemes under the programme, in Punjab, only 11 schemes, included school and college scholarships and Janani Suraksha Yojana, will be covered.
Of nearly 22, 677 beneficiaries under these 11 schemes in the district, only 50 per cent have been issued the Aadhar cards in last over two weeks. To cover the remaining 50 per cent by December 31 is a daunting task.
“We have been coming from far away places for the past three days after spending Rs 100 everyday in this cold weather, but all that we are told is to come again another day,” said a daily wage labourer from Kathgarh who had come to get the Aadhaar card of his son made so that he can get the student scholarship benefit.
“I am eight month pregnant and have been here four times. I am still not sure when my turn will come,” said a woman from Balachaur who is eligible for benefits under Janani Suraksha Yojana.
A group of teachers claimed that there is no clarity on the documents and data required pertaining to students eligible for the scholarship scheme. “Even during the holidays we have had to stay in the schools to provide information about the