HYDERABAD: With Andhra Pradesh government making Aadhaar card mandatory for all state-funded welfare schemes, it has decided to undertake issuing of Aadhaar cards on a massive scale by using mobile vehicles.
According to minister for civil supplies Paritala Sunitha arrangements are in place to make the linkage of Aadhaar and ration cards mandatory in the state.
She said the linkage would help officials identify fake ration cards and remove them after conducting an inquiry. The civil supplies minister directed officials to complete Aadhaar enrolment by this month-end by using mobile vans.
“The State government has expedited the process of issuing Aadhaar cards and steps are being taken to complete the task,” she said.
“As Aadhaar card has been made mandatory for getting benefit of all government schemes, efforts would be made to reach out to every individual in the state,” she added.
According the minister, the government has taken a decision not to provide ration to beneficiaries if they fail to submit Aadhaar enrolment numbers to fair price shop dealers.
As many as 15 lakh fake white ration cards have been surrendered across AP after the government started linking them with Aadhaar cards and another five lakh bogus cards are expected to be surrendered; officials had estimated them to be around 20 lakh.
The fair price shop dealers have been asked to collect Aadhaar proof from cardholders and submit the same to the department.