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Aadhaar empowers India's most vulnerable population, says Roopa Kudva of Omidyar Network India

Updated : November 26, 2019 06:40 AM IST

As many as 87 percent of all bank accounts are now linked to Aadhaar and 330 million Indians use their Aadhaar-linked biometrics to regularly receive rations, a report released by Omidyar Network India said.

Ten years after its launch, about 609 million adults have linked their bank accounts to Aadhaar and 50 percent have given their card at least once for an LPG subsidy and it is now the default identification that India is using.

To discuss the road ahead, CNBC-TV18 spoke to Roopa Kudva, MD of Omidyar Network India.

"This is a report that we have supported for three years now. This year the research was carried out by Dalberg. The highlight of the report is that Aadhaar has become ubiquitous in India. Ninety percent of Indians have Aadhaar and 95 percent of those who do not have it actually want it. On average, it is used twice a month by residents," Kudva said.

According to her, Aadhaar has supported inclusion in a very significant way. "Almost half the people in this massive survey of 170,000 people said that Aadhaar had enabled them to access many services for the first time and these included bank accounts, PDS, social pensions and MGNREGA," she noted.

"Our big takeaway is that Aadhaar has indeed provided far greater inclusion for India's most vulnerable but at the same time the unfinished agenda of Aadhaar again relates to this very segment of the population, that is where the last mile needs to be addressed," she added.
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