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Aadhaar mandatory for beneficiaries to get allowances in Odisha capital

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Bhubaneswar: After allegations reported about ineligible beneficiaries getting allowances here, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) made Aadhaar link mandatory for the true beneficiaries to receive benefits.

Arrangement will be made for Aadhaar link at all the centres where the allowances will be distributed to the beneficiaries in Bhubaneswar. We are planning to link Aadhaar numbers of all the beneficiaries by October end, said Mayor Anant Narayan Jena at BMC’s council meeting held here on Monday.

Around 18,000 beneficiaries are receiving allowances from BMC in the city. As many beneficiaries have not linked their Aadhaar number despite holding the card with them, the Aadhaar link has been made mandatory for all the beneficiaries, BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar said.

The beneficiaries having physical complications including persons with disabilities, elderly people and leprosy patients, who are unable to visit the centres, the allowances will be provided to them after verifying their Aadhaar cards, he said.

While 87% beneficiaries have Aadhaar link under National Food Security Act (NFSA), the number will also be mandatory in case of receiving BMC allowances. BMC Additional Commissioner Manasi Nimbal has been assigned to monitor the Aadhaar link process. By such move we will be able to identify the ineligible beneficiaries, he added.

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