There was a time when a huge chunk of subsidy issued by the government failed to reach the beneficiaries. The flaw was in the system where the majority of these subsidies went untraceable because of corruption. To clean the mess in the system and benefit the actual entity, the government came up with an unbeatable solution – transferring the money directly into the bank account of the beneficiary under the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme. Thus, it clubbed the bank account and the scheme together and linked both with Aadhaar.
A majority of the Indians still live below the poverty level. The government made it easier for them to get subsidies by opening Jan Dhan bank accounts for free. The Central Government provides subsidies on hundreds of schemes to eligible citizens and today, this subsidy goes directly into the bank account of the beneficiary as opposed to the cheque or cash received by them in the past. There are a number of government schemes that have either been linked with Aadhaar or are in the process of getting linked with Aadhaar.
However, for those people who have a number of bank accounts, the latest bank account linked with Aadhaar automatically becomes the default bank account for receiving government subsidies under various schemes. Let us have a look at some of the prominent government schemes for which linking Aadhaar has been made mandatory to avail subsidies.