The first set of Aadhaar Smart cards in the country will be distributed to beneficiaries by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at Maheswaram in Ranga Reddy district Today.
These cards have been prepared under a pilot scheme being implemented by the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) in the seven districts of Srikakulam, East Godavari, Adilabad, Hyderabad, Chittoor, Anantapur and Ranga Reddy.
These multi-utility cards, which will replace the ration cards, will help people claim benefits under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), Arogyasri, scholarships, pensions, housing and self-help group schemes and even cooking gas, besides the regular monthly quota of essential commodities under the Public Distribution System. Aadhaar cards will serve as ID proof for all purposes.
Over six lakh families were enrolled, including 11,000 families in Maheswaram, through 3,200 designated photography centres (DPL), the highest in the country. The entire population in these areas would be enlisted by June. In a week, more DPLs would be opened to extend the coverage in the remaining 16 districts.