Centre saved Rs 50,000 crore by DBT through Aadhaar: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad

The Central Government has saved Rs 50,000 by Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) through Aadhaar, said Union Minister for Electronics & IT and Law Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi.

he Minister also claimed that this initiative has helped in eradicating corruption as well.

While inaugurating a workshop titled ‘Aadhaar Services through CSC – A Unique Initiative’, organised by the CSC SPV, a Union government statement issued, said that Prasad hoped Aadhaar would prove to be an effective instrument in removing corruption.

Common Service Center (CSC) e-Governance Services India Limited, also known as CSC-SPV, was created to operate as service centres for all electronic and IT services such as Digital India and Unnat Jyoti.

Further, Prasad addressed  around 600 VLEs from States of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh. He appreciated their efforts in ensuring key services at the grassroots level.

 “The government is positive that Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs) will rise to the occasion and help the government make India corruption-free,” he said.

“I have great expectation from CSC VLEs. Our VLEs are change makers of India. CSCs have given employment to 10 lakh people in India. I am confident that in near future, one crore people will work in CSCs,” Prasad said.

Recounting the strength of VLEs in mobilizing citizens under government campaigns, Prasad said, “I am happy to note that the VLEs have trained 2 crore people in the Cashless India movement.” “Recently, Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani sought the support of VLEs in the expansion of handloom. All the departments of the government want to involve VLEs for their services,” he said.

 “116 crore people have been enrolled for Aadhaar so far, and CSC has played a big role in it. In the last 5-6 months, Aadhaar has been linked with various government services to ensure transparency and effectiveness in the system. The purpose is empowerment of citizens. We need the help of VLEs to keep the momentum on Aadhaar and create awareness among the communities about its safety and usefulness in simplifying their life,”  Ajay Bhushan Pandey,” CEO, UIDAI .

“The workshop was organised to showcase the impact and progress made by VLEs in delivering Aadhaar services among the poor and marginalised communities in India, through the Common Services Centres (CSCs),” an official communiqué by the government said.

The workshop also brought together senior officials from the Ministry of Electronics & IT, UIDAI, Department of Fertilizers and Department of Food & Civil Supplies.

“The CSC movement has attained a new identity with support from the government. He added that the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) is another empowering tool which CSC VLEs are using efficiently in India to enable the disbursement of entitlement and pension to citizens living in far flung areas of the country,” said Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY.

 “Aadhaar is the basis of CSC. This is our first principle. Aadhaar is a revolution that will transform the life of a common man. Our 28,000 PECs have enrolled 22 crore Aadhaar in the country. Our VLEs are providing Aadhaar services at the doorsteps of the citizens,” said Dinesh Tyagi, CEO, CSC SPV.

On the occasion, Ravi Shankar Prasad also inaugurated an online appointment system for Aadhaar service.This system will  enable the  citizens to book an appointment and visit an Aadhaar centre on a particular day.


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