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Seed Aadhaar in PDS beneficiaries database


New Delhi: Centre has asked states and UTs to link the beneficiaries database of public distribution system with the Aadhaar number to de-duplicate the data, Parliament was informed today.

Under the Plan scheme on end-to-end computerisation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), states/UTs are interalia required to digitise their ration card/beneficiaries database, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha.

“With a view to de-duplicate the beneficiaries database, States/Uts have also been requested to seed ‘Aadhaar’ numbers in digitised database,” Paswan said.

Replying to a separate question, Minister of State for Food Raosaheb Patil Danve also said that a scheme on end-to-end computerisation of TPDS, with a total approved cost of Rs 884.07 crore is being implemented throughout the country.

The government has so far released an amount of Rs 257.01 crore under this scheme to states, National Informatics Centre and consultancy services.

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