Odisha plans to Remove Ineligible Beneficiaries using Aadhaar

The Odisha government has decided to roll out its social protection delivery platform or social registry by the beginning of the next fiscal. This platform will help the government monitor the well-being of the beneficiaries of several state and central welfare schemes while removing any ineligible claimants.

As per officials, the creation of the social registry has already started with the beneficiaries listed in the database of Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA).

The weeding out process would be done through Aadhaar authentication, and bank account verification.

“As different departments have created databases for different schemes without authentication and data sanitisation, the social registry would ensure that each of the eligible beneficiaries is properly identified. It would weed out ineligible beneficiaries from various schemes. The social registry would be a super database in which databases of all departments would be integrated. We expect the social registry to be ready by the end of March next year”, said AKK Meena, State finance secretary, nodal officer for the social registry.

Currently, Odisha runs around 60 social assistance programmes. Programmes like KALIA, Madhubabu Pension Yojana, Mamata Scheme, Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, Biju Krushak Kalyan Yojana, Mukhyamantri Swasthya Seva Mission, Barishtha Nagarika Tirtha Yatra Yojana, and Kalinga Shiksha Sathi Yojana cover almost 70 per cent of the total 4.2 crore people in the state.

Earlier, Odisha had made Aadhaar verification of beneficiaries of National Social Assistance Programme, and Madhu Babu Pension Yojana as mandatory to get the monthly pension. But the decision didn’t go through following protests from activists.