Aug 23, 2013

Aadhar not mandatory for availing of subsidies, clarifies Govt

The government clarified in the Rajya Sabha that the Aadhaar card is not
mandatory to avail of subsidies under government schemes, including on domestic
 cooking gas.
"Aadhar card is not mandatory for availing subsidies. If any public sector 

undertaking is doing it, we will correct it," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
 Rajeev Shukla said.

He was responding to members' concerns that despite giving an assurance that

 the card was not a must for availing of services like opening bank accounts
admission in school and obtaining passport, some public sector undertakings 
were forcing the people to do so.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, MP Achuthan (CPI-M) said that in Kerala, 

public sector oil companies had made it mandatory for people to get Aadhar-linked
bank accounts for getting subsidy on LPG.

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