Aadhar-Enabled Micro-ATM Delivers Money to Villagers
Burakha (Tripura): Rampati Debbarma, a 71–year-old tribal woman of Burakha village in West Tripura district today pressed her finger on a Aadhar-enabled micro-ATM to get her old-age pension in cash.
Rampati is not alone, but hundreds of old-age pensioners of this village today collected their pensions in the same way with the help of Aadhar-enabled payment system introduced here today.
"Earlier I used to walk about 10 km from my village to Mandwi Block headquarters for withdrawal of my pension from Gramin Bank, but today I got it at my doorstep," she said.
Unique ID Authority of India in collaboration with United Bank of India and Tripura Grameen Bank today undertook field trial of Aadhaar-enabled payment system with online authentication of biometric of the beneficiaries in Mandwi Block.
"Our endeavour was successful today," Dinesh Mushahary, Chairman of Gramin Bank Tripura, who was present during cash transfer, said.
Mushahary appealed to the people to register their Aadhar numbers with the banks so that people could get their money directly and no middleman could cheat them.
The Unique Identification (UID) project is a flagship project of the Centre to provide old-age pensions, wage of NREGA etc directly to the beneficiaries, Kiran Gitye, District Magistrate of West Tripura, said.
The project (12-digit Unique Identification (UID) number) for digitization of identity was started on pilot basis in Mandwi Block in West Tripura district in November 2010 and later extended to all over the state.
Outlook, 18 October, 2012, http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=778494