27 September, New Delhi
The government has extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar to avail benefits of government schemes and subsidies by 3 months to 31st of December this year. Earlier the deadline was 30th of this month.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in an office memorandum said, this extension will only apply to those beneficiaries who are not assigned Aadhaar number or those who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar. As many as 135 schemes including the free cooking gas to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.
The government had previously made quoting of Aadhaar necessary for availing government benefits and subsidies like those on cooking gas LPG. Those who did not have Aadhaar were asked to procure the unique identification number by September 30.
The order said, such beneficiaries are required to enroll for Aadhaar by 31st of December and provide their Aadhaar number or enrolment ID. It said, for those who have not enrolled for Aadhaar, the concerned Ministries should facilitate their Aadhaar enrolment through appropriate measures. Such Ministries should also take appropriate measures to issue Aadhaar numbers to women , children, senior citizens, divyang or to such other persons who do not have permanent dweling to ensure that the benefits are nor denied to the eligible beneficiaries.