Aadhaar enrolment date for MGNREGA beneficiaries may be extended

A group of women employed in the NREGA scheme clean the side of the road. (Photo: Shutterstock)


 

  • Government today said it could consider extending the March 31 deadline notified for individuals registered under the rural employment guarantee scheme to apply for Aadhar enrolment, if states wanted it.
  • In Rajya Sabha, Minister of Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said his ministry had on January 3 notified that any individual registered under the MGNREGA, who is not yet enrolled for Aadhaar shall have to apply for enrolment by March 31.
  • Tomar said the government has not made Aadhaar mandatory to get work under MGNREGA.
  • To this, Rural Development minister said if problems are being faced by any state in this regard, the government could consider extending the deadline.
  • Tomar said Aadhaar was not mandatory for MGNREGA and added that the ministry had issued the notification keeping in mind the directions of the Supreme Court as well as the legislation passed by the Parliament in this regard.