Lucknow: The Yogi Government in Uttar Pradesh has saved more than Rs 8,000 crore with the help of the Aadhaar card. According to media reports, with the help of this, the state government has caught 79 lakh fake beneficiaries in the last nine years. The 12-digit Aadhaar number is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The Aadhaar card works as identity and home address proof for people living in India. It is used by various government departments for direct benefit schemes (DBT).
UIDAI helps in the identification of beneficiaries with the help of face authentication or biometrics such as thumbprint or retina scans. According to the report, data received from the Uttar Pradesh government shows that the government has removed 79,08,682 fake beneficiaries from the list with the help of Aadhaar and saved a total of Rs 8,062.04 crore. Most of the fake beneficiaries have been removed by the Food and Civil Supplies Department. This department has removed a total of 55.51 lakh fake beneficiaries from the list, saving Rs 7,065.10 crore. At the same time, the Basic Education Department identified 17.31 lakh fake beneficiaries, which have benefited from savings of about Rs 174.95 crore.
Similarly, the social welfare department has caught 2.92 lakh fake beneficiaries and saved Rs 296.38 crore from it. Whereas, the Women Welfare Department has excluded 2.7 lakh fake beneficiaries from the list, saving Rs 163 crore. According to the report, UIDAI's Lucknow office has revealed that on September 29, 2010, 22.4 crore people in UP registered themselves in the biometric ID system since the introduction of Aadhaar.