Aadhaar turns Nir-aadhaar

…………. the massive spending on Aadhaar was sanctioned on the grounds that it would provide identity to millions of poor and disenfranchised Indians and allow them to get the benefits of government schemes and subsidies. In making these claims,Aadhaar hid many crucial facts.

These were: biometrics are not fool proof; finger prints change, have to be revalidated every few years and can be cloned easily; and the sub-contracted data collection process was flawed. People have multiple Aadhaar numbers and Aadhaar numbers have been issued to chairs and tables and, as a sting operation confirmed, Aadhaar was easily issued to foreigners for a price and a letter from a politician.

On 26th March, CJ Karira, an activist, won an appeal against the UIDAI’s reluctance to respond to Right to Information (RTI) queries and obtained answers to some crucial questions. First, that oil companies are not using Aadhaar to ‘authenticate’ the identity, but only to ‘match’ the number for themselves. There is no way to delete biometric data if a person wants to ‘opt’ out of Aadhaar—there is no exit. The most stunning revelation was that UIDAI does not maintain any record of who the Aadhaar data is shared with or when.

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Aadhaar no longer linked with LPG ?

Great news on the gas-Aadhaar front. From March 10 onwards, domestic LPG consumers across the State will pay just the subsidised cost price of Rs. 441 per cylinder without depending on the Aadhaar card link up to the bank accounts for reimbursement of the remaining amount.

Clear directives

Clear directives de-linking the gas subsidy from Aadhaar card and bank accounts have reached the gas authorities here and distributors are being asked to start implementing the Aadhaar-less LPG scheme from Monday next onwards.

Those who have already booked for a cylinder and getting it before March 10 will, however, have to pay the non-subsidised price of Rs. 1,200.

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Supreme Court says Aadhaar not necessary for essential services

The centre and state governments must not insist on Aadhaar from citizens before providing essential services, the apex court ruled

In a significant development, the Supreme Court on Monday has ruled that Aadhaar or the unique identification (UID) number scheme, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s ambitious project, is not mandatory to avail essential services from the government.

Various state governments have been insisting on making Aadhaar compulsory for a range of formalities, including marriage registration, disbursal of salaries and provident fund among other public services.

While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by retired Karnataka High Court judge Justice KS Puttaswamy and advocate Parvesh Khanna questioning the legal sanctity of Aadhaar, the apex court said, “The centre and state governments must not insist on Aadhaar from citizens before providing them essential services.”

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Check your Aadhaar- Gas linkage Status

To check your Aadhaar linkage status please visit the transparency portal of your LPG Company.

Following are the steps to check your Aadhaar linking status at Transparency Portal.

    • Step 2: Enter all the details under “Normal Search” and press Proceed Button. 
  • Step 3: Search your details by entering your Consumer No. or Consumer Name under Search By option and press Enter to know your Aadhaar linking status in LPG and Banks.

Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL)

Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG consumer (DBTL) is the scheme aimed to improve the subsidy administration of LPG across the country. As per this scheme an LPG consumer will get his/her cylinder at full market price and the differential between subsidized price and full market price i.e. the subsidy will be transferred to his/her bank account upto a capped limit(9 cylinders in a year) .

Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG consumer (DBTL) is the scheme aimed to improve the subsidy administration of LPG across the country. As per this scheme an LPG consumer will get his/her cylinder at full market price and the differential between subsidized price and full market price i.e. the subsidy will be transferred to his/her bank account. Following are the key features of this scheme:

  •  Under this scheme, all LPG consumers will start receiving their LPG cylinders at full market price and will get their subsidy directly in their bank accounts upto a capped limit(9 cylinders in a year)of LPG cylinder.
    • To become eligible for this scheme an LPG consumer has to first become CASH TRANSFER COMPLAINT consumer. To become CASH TRANSFER COMPLAINT consumer one has to complete these 3 easy steps, as follows:
      • Received his/her Aadhaar Number
      • Linked his/her Aadhaar number to LPG consumer number.
      • Linked his/her Aadhaar number to Bank account.
    • After completing these 3 steps the Cash Transfer Complaint consumer will start receiving his/her LPG subsidy directly in their bank account.

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Click on the links below for the relevant forms :

Linking Aadhaar in LPG

Linking Aadhaar with Banks

The DBTL Scheme is being launched from 01.01.2014 for all consumers attached to distributors in Mumbai / Raigarh Districts


Cap on subsidised LPG cylinders

Government of India has been providing subsidy on Domestic LPG purchased by Consumers. There has been a change in norms of supply of Domestic LPG effective 14th of September 2012. This was further modified effective 18th January 2013. The number of Domestic Cylinders for which Subsidy can be availed for has now been capped at 9 refills per LPG Connection. More details are given below.

FAQs regarding cap on subsidised LPG Cylinders

  1. What is Capping of LPG cylinder?
  2. How many subsidised cylinder I will get in current financial year 2013-14?
  3. After I consume all capped quantity am I eligible for subsidised cylinder?
  4. What will happen to my subsidised quota when I transfer my connection?
  5. Am I eligible for subsidised quota if my connection is blocked?
  6. In case of new connection what will be the eligibility of subsidised quota?
  7. How can I keep record of my consumption of cylinder?
  8. I do not want subsidised cylinder, is it possible?
  9. A re subsidised cylinders applicable for reticulated LPG customers?

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Aadhar number mandatory for EPFO ?

Hi Everybody, for your information please.
Aadhar number mandatory for EPFO ( Employees Provident Fund Organization)

Please find attached a circular by EPFO dated 21.01.2013 making aadhar number mandatory to new members from 01.03.2013 and to existing members in a time bound manner.
Courtesy : Roshan Pastakia
EPFO_AADHAR MANDATORY
And now, after discovering that the UIDAI is organising enrolment camps only in 18 states, the provident fund body decided to withdraw its decision to make Aadhaar number mandatory for all EPFO members
EPFO  AADHAAR NOT MANDATORY