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UIDAI earmarks Rs 200 cr for Aadhaar enrolment machines in schools

Government agency UIDAI will offer Rs 200 crore assistance to states to fund enrolment machines in sub-districts (talukas) that can be used for Aadhaar enrolment and updation of school students.

The move comes just days after the Aadhaar-issuing body instructed schools not to refuse admission to students for lack of the 12-digit biometric identifier, while placing the onus on the educational institutions to arrange for enrolments and biometric update facility for such students.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has now decided to go a step further to enable such enrolment through provision of Aadhaar machines and accordingly, it will facilitate the availability of two machines per taluka.

“It has been decided that UIDAI will provide fund for two Aadhaar enrolment machines to every taluka, which will work under the supervision of district administration,” UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told agencies.

The whole idea is that the machines can go from school to school, for enrolment and updation activities, and is in tune with the UIDAI’s instructions that Aadhaar enrolment camp be organised in all the schools at least twice a year by making a school-wise roster for the same.

Pandey said that UIDAI will set aside Rs 200 crore from its budget as one-time cost of funding these machines meant for schools.

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