Aadhaar card has now become mandatory for availing subsidy on kerosene as well to benefits of Atal Pension Yojana.
Those without Aadhaar can undergo enrollment , last date for Aadhaar enrollment for kerosene subsidy is September 30 while that for Atal Pension Yojana June 15.
Till submission of Aadhaar during processing time, ration cared, driving licence, voter identity card, Kisan passbook with photo, job card issued under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS) and a certificate from the tehsildar office shall be accepted as proof of identity.
The decision to make Aadhaar mandatory is to prevent subsidy leakages and ensure the beneficiaries get their due, officials said.
The Ministry of Oil and natural Gas has introduced Direct Benefit Transfer through which subsidy is transferred into bank accounts of beneficiaries directly, on purchase of Public Distribution System(PDS) kerosene at non-subsidised rate.
To legitimise compulsory Aadhaar, the central government has invoked Section 7 of Aadhaar Act 2016, which mandates that when the government gives subsidy, benefit or service from Consolidated Fund of India(CFI), an individual can be asked to furnish his/her Aadhaar for authentication purpose.
The Centre allocates subsidised kerosene to enable affordable cooking fuel for domestic use aimed mainly at those living below poverty line.
Under Atal Pension Yojana, any citizen between age group of 18 -40 can make nominal contributions and enjoy minimum guaranteed pension of Rs. 1000 – Rs. 5000 per month, depending on his contribution up to 60 years of age.
In case of the pensioner’s death, the spouse will be eligible for the pension and up on demise of both, the accumulated wealth is returned to the nominee.