Aadhar card drive takes off in Junnar & Baramati

With the state government extending the deadline to open bank accounts till March 1, the district administration has started Aadhar card drive in Junnar and Baramati talukas. Pune is among the 20 districts in the country that has been shortlisted for cash transfer scheme.

The main thrust of the scheme is to help beneficiaries of various government schemes under Centre's Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme. "We will focus on the beneficiaries so that they are able to receive cash subsidies in their accounts," said district collector Vikas Deshmukh.

The scheme was announced by Finance Minister P Chidambaram as cash transfer scheme that was later referred to as DBT. While the scheme will be started in 43 districts, it was launched in 20 districts in the first phase. The district administration said that educational and health related scheme benefits will be addressed in the first phase. The administration said there are 67,000 beneficiaries and of the 34 central schemes, only 11 are applicable as of now.

Once citizens possess their Aadhar cards and use it to open bank accounts, the number of beneficiaries eligible for various schemes will increase.

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