New Delhi: Dismissing some newspapers reports that the use of Aadhaar Card will be a must to avail benefits under the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission, the Centre on Thursday clarified that Aadhaar was desirable and not mandatory.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said, “In order to authenticate the identity of beneficiaries accurately, the use of Aadhaar card is preferable, but it is not a “must”. There shall be no denial of benefit for want of Aadhaar number.”
Union Health Minister J P Nadda confirmed that “We will provide services to all eligible beneficiaries with or without Aadhaar cards.”
The statement said the draft notification also provides for exception handling mechanism, viz production of alternate identification mechanisms such as Ration Card, Voter ID Card, MGNREGA Card etc. (as mentioned in the notification) in case the beneficiary does not have an Aadhaar No.
Furthermore, it also makes the implementation agencies accountable for setting up of Aadhaar enrollment centers for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, at convenient locations.
ABNHPM guidelines on beneficiary identification very clearly state that beneficiaries can bring Aadhar or any other valid government id(s) decided by the State if they do not have an Aadhaar.