MUMBAI: In addition to other benefits linked to the Aadhar card, the government is considering linking a resident’s driving license as well. Currently, an Aadhar card (UID) is linked to benefits such as scholarships, pensions, LPG identification, and job cards.
Industry Minister, Narayan Rane announced that Aadhaar cards will not be made a mandatory document until every citizen from Maharashtra has received a card. Once every citizen has access to a card, it will become a mandatory identification card for receiving benefits from various government agencies.
Since the Aadhar program launched in 2010, 6.6 crore of the 11.23 crore population in Maharashtra have received their Aadhar card. "We have geared up our entire machinery. Besides 4,000 machines in operation, the state government is in the process of procuring 2,000 more machines. We will be able to provide the cards to maximum people before March 31, 2014," Ajay Bhushan Pandey, deputy director general, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).