The Maharashtra government, in an effort to reduce dependency on cash, will be making all payments linked to its various welfare schemes by directly transferring the amount into the beneficiaries’ accounts. As part of this move, all beneficiaries’ accounts have to be linked through Aadhar Card, which will be used for authentication purposes.

The state cabinet has approved a Bill to make the Aadhar number necessary for beneficiary authentication. Among the schemes that will come under this scheme are the payments related to scholarships, pension and LPG subsidy.

The government provides up to 44 benefits to eligible individuals, including tarpaulin for farmers, agricultural pumps, seeds and cooking gas pipelines.

The government expects to see substantial savings as it will be plugging leakages in the system by eliminating bogus beneficiaries who claim substantial amounts.

A similar scheme was adopted by the Central government in the previous year. seeing its success, the Maharashtra government also decided to implement it.

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