New Delhi: The Union government said on Saturday that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued more than 402.9 million Aadhaar numbers till date and the body will achieve the target of 600 million enrolments by 2014.

“UIDAI has reiterated that the target of 60 crore Aadhaar enrolments will be achieved by 2014. More than 40 crore 29 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been issued till date and the process is continuing at a healthy pace," the Planning Commission said in a release.

According to the release, about 20 million Aadhaar numbers were generated in the month of July.

The authority has also announced the setting up of permanent enrolment centres in various states to enrol residents who have been either left out in earlier enrolment drives or for those who wish to update their Aadhaar data.

“Nearly seven months after the launch of Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT), the government has allocated about 250 crore on various welfare programmes and made around 32 lakh payments through Aadhaar Payment Bridge," the statement said.

Aadhaar Enabled Service Delivery is linked to various government schemes such as scholarship, pension scheme, dhanalaxmi, janani suraksha yojana, payment of social security benefits such as old-age payments, distribution of LPG subsidy, etc. The DBT is now being implemented in 28 schemes across 121 districts and soon a review meeting will be done to take stock of its progress and to expand it in other schemes and the remaining districts of the country, it added. PTI

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