Now Aadhaar card mandatory for school kids!

Centre has directed 16 states to complete Aadhaar enrollment of school children by August 31 and submit the data before the deadline. This process is speeding up to ensure that each and every child get his or her mid-day meal from the school.

According to media reports, Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry observed that many states were still lacking behind in terms of Aadhaar enrolment for school going kids, with Nagaland at the bottom of the list having enrolled just 15 percent of 1,59,449 students to Aadhaar.

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In Karnataka, only 70% of students have been enrolled till now to Aadhaar. According to the data issued by the ministry, just 23% of the total school students have been enrolled to Aaadhar in Andhra Pradesh, 26% in Uttar Pradesh, 28% Odisha, 42% in Rajasthan, 61% in Madhya Pradesh and 63% in Bihar.

To ease out the process, banks have been directed to provide Aadhaar enrollment facility in one out of 10 bank branches. At present there are total 25,000 active enrollment centers and none of them operate from bank premises.

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Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI while talking to media went on to say: “We are asking all Scheduled Commercial Banks – both public and private – to set up Aadhaar enrolment and updating facility inside the bank branches.”