After a backlash, the Centre has clarified that no one will be deprived of the benefits of subsidy schemes for the want of an Aadhaar number. Other identity proofs will be accepted, the HRD ministry has clarified.
The clarification comes after several persons objected to the announcement of making Aadhaar mandatory for getting scholarship benefits under the midday meal scheme.
On Saturday the ministry of human resource development announced that the midday meal would no longer be free for those children without an Aadhaar card.
The rule was made applicable to the cook-cum-helpers as well. It was stated that children must be enrolled in the Aadhar scheme by June 30, if they were to get a free meal.
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to ensure that the Aadhar number of every phone subscriber should be registered within a year.
The SC set an outer limit of 1 year for the Centre to register details of each mobile phone subscriber including those with pre-paid connections.
Nandan Nilekani formally joined the Congress today and he will battle it out against five times winner Ananth Kumar from Bangalore south.
I keep talking to people and they want a change, Nilekani told the media after being formally inducted into the party. The other party is not clean either, Nandan said on being asked about the corruption in the Congress.