Government on Monday said | Aadhar card enrollment center date extended for MGNREGA
Government on Monday said it could consider extending the March 31 deadline notification for individuals registered under the rural employment guarantee scheme to apply for Aadhar card enrollment if states wanted I Reply to a question during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha Minister of Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said his ministry had on January 3 notified that any individual registered under the MGNREGA who is not enrolled for Aadhar card apply online for enrollment by March 31.
As opposition members said that the notification has made Aadhar card enrollment is a mandatory Tomar said the government has not made Aadhar mandatory to get work under MGNREGA. Opposition members including Congress member Renuka Chowdhury said that as per the reality not all people may have the Aadhar card number online
A Rural Development minister said if problems are being faced by any state in this regard the government could consider extending the deadline. Tomar said Aadhar was not mandatory for MGNREGA and added that the ministry had issued the notify keeping in mind the directions of the Supreme Court as well as the legislation passed by the Parliament in this regard.
The question of 31 March (deadline) is concerned it is not the last line. If the states express a wish, in that case, we will extend it Tomar said adding that under MGNREGA 51 lakh assets have being created and geo-tagged.Minister of State for Rural Development Ram Kirpal Yadav said up to 80 percent of the people have gone for Aadhar card correction and the partnership of women in the scheme also grown.
Speaking about the use of Aadhar card apply Yadav said that government is trying to bring in more transparency and cleanliness in the implementation of MGNREGA. He said that the government has removed around 56 lakh names for whom money was being withdrawn fraudulently.Money meant for the poor was being Yadav said.