Union Government in June 2016 asked all state governments to link Aadhaar with caste and domicile certificates of school students.
Under first-of-its-kind initiative, the states have been asked to ensure that such certificates are issued within 60 days time to the students when they are studying either in Class V or VIII.
Why the direction was given?
To make sure that the scholarships will be granted on time to students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes and without causing any harassment to SC/STs students. There have been complaints of delay in grant of scholarships and harassment.
Objective behind issuance of caste or tribe certificate
• To facilitate access of bona fide candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to the reserved posts and services under the State or Central governments.
• To secure admission in educational institutions and get other facilities.
School head or the principle will be responsible to collect the documents of the students. The issued certificate will be provided to students in cellophane cover, as far as practicable, through the school authorities. It would be kept with the students for safe custody for availing the benefits or concessions and facilities available to the category of students concerned.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit number which acts as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in the country. It is issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to every resident of the country.
It was developed with an objective of collecting the biometric and demographic data of the residents of the country, which is stored in a central database.
It is considered the world's largest national identification number project.
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When: June 2016