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Saturday , April 22 , 2017

Aadhaar eyes child advocates

New Delhi, April 21: The Unique Identification Authority of India is trying to get children to popularise Aadhaar among children.

Worried at the low Aadhaar enrolment among youngsters, the agency has begun a social media contest asking children below 15 to prepare videos appealing to other children to enrol for Aadhaar. The contest, which began on April 8, will end on April 30.

"If you have enrolled your child for Aadhaar, he/she can be a role model for everyone. Send us a video of your child making an appeal to every grown-up and child to get their Aadhaar enrolment done while also talking about various benefits of Aadhaar. Let your child inspire everyone and become an Aadhaar star," a notice on the Aadhaar website says.

A February 28 notification from the human resource development ministry had tied the free school midday meals, available to children in Class VIII or below in government and aided schools, to Aadhaar.

It had asked the children to apply for an Aadhaar card by June 30, if they hadn't one, to be able to continue to receive their midday meals from July 1.

On March 27, however, the Supreme Court said the government cannot insist on Aadhaar cards for social welfare programmes such as school midday meals.

Of the 100 million children eligible for the midday meals, some 80 million lacked an Aadhaar card when the February 28 notification was issued. The notification had said the state governments would hold Aadhaar enrolment camps across their territories to help them.

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