In order to implement welfare schemes effectively, the state government has directed power distribution companies to ready a plan for Aadhaar seeding with electricity consumer numbers.
The state government is likely to utilise electricity billing information to decide eligibility for implementation of welfare schemes.
The government is unable to weed out bogus beneficiaries from welfare schemes for want of proof of their economic status. With field staff in many areas colluding with beneficiaries, removal of bogus beneficiaries either in Public Distribution System (PDS) or pensions has become a difficult task.
Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy is keen to ensure that not even a single eligible beneficiary is removed from welfare schemes. Although the CM’s decision to implement welfare schemes to saturation level is a good move, the presence of bogus beneficiaries in large numbers is bleeding the exchequer.
Sources said linking Aadhaar number with electricity consumption data may help to ascertain the economic status of beneficiaries of welfare schemes.