FB pixel

Aadhaar scholarship program struggles to enrol students

 

Linking students’ scholarship accounts Aadhaar numbers has proven to be a more difficult task than originally suggested, as progress has slowed to an extent which will see only 25 percent of eligible students covered when the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme is rolled out this year, and activists aren’t happy about the news.

“We have to run from pillar to post to get enrolled for Aadhaar,” an unnamed student told expressindia. “No dedicated center for Aadhaar number is available near our college, though we were told by the college authorities that such centers would be set up in the vicinity by the district administration.”

According to the expressindia report, youth activist Somesh Gite met with district authorities to discuss this issue along with a large group of students, and said many students are suffering due to a lack of communication between the social welfare department and Aadhaar authorities at the local level.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the Department of Social Welfare in India announced its scholarship payment program last year, in December. The program was set to be trialed in five districts throughout India, and upon recommendations from the government, the department was planning to hold special camps to enrol students for Aadhaar numbers.

Considering the scale of the overall project, the Unique Identity Authority’s Aadhaar program has had some trouble catching up with its ambitions as of late. In Delhi, where many have registered for Aadhaar cards, but some still have not received them, temporary eAadhaar card counters have had to be introduced to provide temporary printouts of government UID cards. This way, applicants can continue to access government services while waiting for their physical card to arrive.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News

 

Biometrics cutting the line of in-person payments innovations: Mastercard

Mastercard sees biometrics for in-store payments as a part of a broader shift towards seamless interactions of all kinds, as…

 

New South Wales’ government is investing millions in digital identity

New South Wales’ decentralized digital identity program is getting a cash infusion from the Premier Chris Minns’ government, which has…

 

Innovatrics cuts fingerprint error rate by 20%, upgrades SmartFace platform

Innovatrics has reported its best-yet scores in NIST’s fingerprint biometrics testing, and added a new feature to its facial recognition…

 

Canadian cruise terminal gets Pangiam face biometrics for ID verification

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have joined forces to implement face biometrics for…

 

Atlantic Council stresses importance of DPI, data for stronger digital economies

The Atlantic Council has highlighted the importance of digital identity and digital public infrastructure (DPI) in birthing and growing strong,…

 

Sri Lanka extends bid deadline for national digital ID project

The Government of Sri Lanka has extended the deadline for the submission of bids for the procurement of a Master…

Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Most Read This Week

Featured Company

Biometrics Insight, Opinion

Digital ID In-Depth

Biometrics White Papers

Biometrics Events