HYDERABAD: At a time when Supreme Court had made it clear that Aadhaar card is not compulsory to avail of government subsidies and that officials who insist on them will be taken to task, Andhra Pradesh has announced that Aadhaar linkage will be compulsory to all government schemes and services in the State in the near future.
As a first steps toward the implementation of the proposal, the State government has decided to make Aadhaar linkage to Primary Mission initiative, including crop loans, input subsidies, incentives and schemes being offered to agriculture and allied sectors in the State.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who reviewed Aadhaar linkage to various schemes on Sunday, made it clear that Aadhaar linkage will be made compulsory to all government schemes and services in the coming days.
As many as 21 schemes and service-related areas such as Aarogya Sri, pensions, national rural employment guarantee scheme (NREGA), housing, civil registration system-unified births and deaths, RTA, revenue, municipal property tax, social welfare (post-metric, pre-metric, hostels), commercial tax and Mee Seva would come under the purview of Aadhaar linkage.
This would mean that property tax, other State taxes, power bill and land registration would be linked to Aadhaar.