New Delhi, June 4: Narendra Modi government has now made Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidies on the purchase of kerosene, and benefits of Atal Pension Yojana.
Those availing kerosene subsidy or contributing for the pension scheme will now be required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo the enrolment process to get the benefits, officials said today.
They further stated that the last date for furnishing proof of Aadhaar or enrolling for it is September 30 for the kerosene subsidy and June 15 for the Atal Pension Yojana.
However, till an Aadhaar card is obtained, ration card, 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 issued by a gazetted officer or a tehsildar will be considered as proof of identity for the benefits.
The government has said that linking Aadhaar with one’s bank account will enable cash transfer benefit. It has introduced Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme through which the subsidy is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.
It also said making Aadhaar mandatory for the kerosene subsidy and Atal Pension Yojana will prevent leakages and ensure beneficiaries get their due. The government allocates subsidised kerosene to the states and Union Territories, in order to provide affordable cooking fuel to those living below the poverty line.
Under the Atal Pension Yojana, which can be availed of by those between 18 and 40 years of age, the subscriber will receive a minimum guaranteed pension between Rs 1,000 to Rs 5,000 per month after the age of 60. The amount of monthly pension depends upon the contribution of the beneficiary.
The same amount of pension is paid to the subscriber’s spouse. On the demise of both the subscriber and their spouse, the accumulated pension amount is received by their nominee.
The Centre had also made it compulsory last month to link Aadhaar to one’s Permanent Account Number by June 30.