Do not deny benefits to people for want of Aadhaar: Ravi Shankar

New Delhi: Electronics and IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad has asked state governments to ensure that no one is denied any benefit he or she is entitled to for want of Aadhaar.

Addressing a conference of IT Ministers and IT Secretaries, Mr Prasad said, Aadhaar leads to good governance and savings but one should not deny benefit to anyone for want of Aadhaar. The Minister said, if a person is not having Aadhaar ask him/her to get it but benefit should be given using alternative mode.

Mr Prasad said that many times finger prints of elderlies do not match and he has directed the department to note their Aadhaar number in a register but they should not be denied benefits they are entitled to.

The minister said, six crore people will be made digitally literate in rural areas soon. He said, one crore people have already been made digitally literate. He said, digital transactions are being promoted in a big way by the Centre and there is a need to strengthen the cyber security system.

Saying that the future of digital India is bright, Mr Prasad said, every district should have its own website to present its features to the world. He also requested the states to use common services centres for digital deliveries. He pitched for popularising the concept of e-hospitals so that people can book their appointments online without wasting their time.

The Minister said, Motor Vehicle License will be soon linked with AADHAAR to avoid use of duplicate licenses.

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