Aadhaar Not Needed to Avail Benefits of Ayushman Bharat

Aadhaar Cards in India. Photo courtesy: UIDAI
Aadhaar Cards in India. Photo courtesy: UIDAI

The Government of India today clarified that Aadhaar card is not required to avail the benefits under the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission.

In a statement, the government dismissed some media reports that suggested citizens need Aadhaar for getting health services under Ayushman Bharat.

According to the statement, notification of Ayushman Bharat issued by health ministry under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, merely enables the implementation agencies to ask for the beneficiary Aadhaar card to authenticate their identity.

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In order to authenticate the identity of beneficiaries accurately, the use of Aadhaar card is preferable, but it is not a “must,” the statement added. According to the government, there will be no denial of benefit for want of Aadhaar number.

Earlier, giving a major relief to the citizens, the Supreme Court of India had extended the March 31 deadline for an indefinite period for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with mobile phones and bank accounts.

Aadhaar is a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India. This number serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.

The Union Health Minister J P Nadda confirmed that the government will provide health services to all eligible beneficiaries with or without Aadhaar cards.

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