Aadhaar Compulsory For Welfare Pension In Odisha

The Odisha government has announced that beneficiaries of National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and the Madhubabu Pension Yojana (MBPY) will be eligible to avail pension only if they hold an Aadhaar Card.

The first deadline of seeding Aadhaar with all beneficiaries under the NSAP and the MBPY was in October last year which couldn’t be achieved. Aadhaar seeding is approximately 91% in the case of NSAP and about 73% for MBPY in Odisha.

Elderly citizens, widows and persons with disabilities receive a pension under the NSAP while the MBPY also provides assistance to HIV/AIDS-affected patients. These citizens are given a benefit between ₹500 to ₹700 per month only if they are not availing assistance under any central schemes.

Bhaskar Sarma, secretary, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department, in a letter addressed to all collectors said, “Aadhaar seeding needs to be enhanced to 100% immediately for ensuring complete transparency in respect of these two schemes. Beneficiaries whose Aadhaar verification or seeding is pending will be asked to mandatorily bring a copy of their Aadhaar card when they come to receive their pension on January 15”

Further to ensure that each eligible citizen gets the scheme’s benefit, pensioners without Aadhaar card will be taken to block office on January 15, where a team will collect their particulars for the issue of Aadhaar card.

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