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Aadhaar made mandatory

Ranchi, May 8: The state cabinet today decided to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for availing several government services, a move that is in conflict with a Supreme Court ruling against making the 12-digit unique identification number a pre-requisite for such benefits.

The state cabinet listed as many as 15 government services, including registration of property or societies, pension benefits, scholarships, inclusion in BPL list, Indira Awas Yojana and mid-day meals, which would be made available to those with Aadhaar cards.

But, cabinet coordination department principal secretary J.B. Tubid clarified that while Aadhaar cards had been made mandatory for registration of property or societies, other services could be availed by individuals once they certified that they did not have Aadhaar cards.

Sources in the state attorney general’s office, however, expressed surprise at the state cabinet’s decision on Aadhar cards. “On the face of it, today’s order is liable to be challenged in a court of law,” said an official, referring to the apex court’s order on the issue.

In other decisions, the state cabinet decided to increase DA of state government employees, including beneficiaries of family pension, from 90 per cent to 100 per cent. The revised rates will be effective from April 1.

Promotions

Time-bound promotions and other service benefits for state employees will now be taken care of by a screening committee of respective departments and will no longer need approvals of the finance department.