Aadhaar card would cut out bogus beneficiaries: Maha CM

Prithviraj Chavan stated that all the government services would be linked with Aadhaar card.

Updated: Aug 14, 2012, 00:17 AM IST

Mumbai: Stating that all the government services would be linked with Aadhaar card, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Monday said the money meant for the beneficiaries will be transferred directly into his/her bank account.

"Bogus beneficiaries will be curbed because of Aadhaar card," Chavan was quoted as saying in an official press release.

The Chief Minister today met Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIAI), Nandan Nilekani.

Rajesh Aggarwal, secretary, Information and Technology, said during the meeting Nilekani suggested that state government should have more `business correspondents`, who act as representatives of banks in remote areas.

"It will be equivalent to a bank branch," Aggarwal said.

He also said that Nilekani appreciated the performance of Maharashtra in enrolling for Aadhaar card.

"He talked about how to make enrollment more quicker," Aggarwal said, adding that enrollment was over in slum areas of Mumbai and Pune.

"In Mumbai, the Aadhaar card has reached 60 lakh people."

Around 4.07 crore people have enrolled for the Aadhaar card in the state, and 3.44 crore have received it.

Reserve Bank of India Governor, Dr D Subbarao, has directed the banks to accept Aadhaar card as a proof of address, and to link it with existing accounts, he said.