Ayushman Bharat: Use of Aadhaar only ‘desirable, not must’

To avail benefits under Ayushman Bharat

The use of Aadhaar Card is desirable but not a must to avail benefits under the Ayushman Bharat —National Health Protection Mission, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

“Any report otherwise is factually incorrect,” the ministry said.

In a release, it said that the notification of the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission being issued under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act merely enabled the implementation agencies to ask for authentication of identity.

In order to authenticate the identity of beneficiaries accurately, the use of Aadhaar card is preferable, but it is not a “must,” it said.

The release added that there shall be no denial of benefits for the want of Aadhaar number.

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda confirmed that “we will provide services to all eligible beneficiaries with or without Aadhaar card.”

The guidelines on beneficiary identification clearly state that beneficiaries can bring Aadhaar or any other valid government ID(s) if they did not have an Aadhaar card.

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