The Aadhaar Card system has been implemented across the country at a cost of over Rs.5,900 crore. Why such a huge investment for something as simple as an ID/Address proof document? Well, it’s because the Aadhaar Card is capable of so much more than simply serving as an authentic proof of identity. The Aadhaar Card contains an individual’s fingerprint and retina information, and hence cannot be counterfeited or misused by anyone other than the card holder. In addition, the Aadhaar Card was intended to be used as a means to directly transfer benefits, as in the case of the LPG subsidy. The Aadhaar Card is also the only document that can be used in order to get a passport issued on the fast-track (within 10 days) and to open a bank account.
The Aadhaar Card also possesses the ability to be linked with a person’s Voter ID and all their bank accounts, in order to create a single reference point through which all legal and financial activities may be carried out. It is the modern identity of modern Indians.
Aadhaar Card and Its Relation to the LPG Subsidy - Do You Need An Aadhaar Card to Avail LPG Subsidy
Availing the LPG subsidy offered by the government is a necessity for many Indian households, as it is otherwise expensive and difficult to get a hold of.
A question that has recently popped up is whether one would require an Aadhaar Card to avail the LPG subsidy, and the short answer is – no, you do not need an Aadhaar Card in order to be eligible for the government’s LPG gas subsidy.
While it is true that Aadhaar Card is not required for the LPG subsidy, you will require some form of official photo identification such as driving license, PAN card, etc.
As per current rules, those willing to avail the LPG subsidy must submit their bank account number to the gas agency, and the subsidy would be activated.
There is a possibility that, in the future, linking of Aadhaar card may be necessary to continue to avail this subsidy, but no official rule has been passed to this effect.
Step to Follow to Link Your Aadhar card to LPG Subsidy Right Away
- Log on to the official Aadhaar Seeding Website - https://rasf.uidai.gov.in/seeding/User/ResidentSelfSeedingpds.aspx
- Select your ‘Address Location’ from the drop down menu.
- Select the ‘Benefit Type’ from the next menu.
- Enter your personal details as required such as:
- Email ID.
- Mobile Number.
- Aadhaar Number.
- Click ‘Submit’ and you will be prompted to enter the OTP that was sent to your mobile phone.
Once this is done, the Aadhaar department will get in touch with you regarding further steps to be taken.