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Deadline for Aadhaar Cards on February 28, 2014 in West Bengal

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The West Bengal government set February 28 as the deadline for distributing Aadhaar cards among all Bengal residents, prompting many to wonder about the feasibility of covering over six crore people in little over five-and-a-half months.

Providing Aadhaar numbers to all citizens above the age of five is the precursor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s dream project of rolling out a direct benefit-transfer scheme, replacing the leak-prone subsidy system. The success of the project will depend on coverage as subsidies will be directly transferred to the 12-digit Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. “We have set a target to complete the process by February 28,” home secretary Basudeb Banerjee said after a review meeting at Writers’ with district magistrates and representatives of the census directorate this afternoon.

Deadline for Aadhaar Cards on February 28, 2014 in West Bengal – Economic Times.

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