Ranchi, Oct. 13: It’s official: Jharkhand’s youngest district is India’s best in taking Aadhaar-enabled welfare services to the ordinary man.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will present Ramgarh with the National Aadhaar Governance Award, instituted by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), in Jaipur on October 20.
Sources said that Ramgarh trumped East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh and Aurangabad of Maharashtra for the top prize, which will include Rs 3 lakh in cash and a citation.
The state information technology department’s principal secretary, N.N. Sinha, said the district had been adjudged on the basis of implementation of Aadhaar-linked social security schemes.
In February, Ramgarh had become the first district in India to provide elder citizens and students access to old-age pension and ST and SC scholarships using Aadhaar numbers in handheld ATMs.
Besides, payment of wages to labourers employed under MGNREGS and opening of bank accounts have also been linked to the unique identification numbers in Ramgarh.
Deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said 1,500-odd beneficiaries had availed of government schemes through Aadhaar-compatible bank transactions so far, aided by banking correspondents in seven panchayats of Ramgarh.