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Do not deny benefits to people for want of Aadhaar: Ravi Shankar Prasad

"We are trying to create USD 1 trillion digital economy in the country in next five years. This will generate jobs for 50-75 lakh people," Prasad said.
In line with the government's stated objective that no one should be denied benefits for the want of Aadhaar, union minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad told the state governments on Tuesday to make ensure that lack of Aadhaar doesn't lead to any denial of service.

Prasad was speaking at a two day conclave in the national capital of state IT ministers and secretaries.

"Aadhaar is big platform which leads to good governance and savings but I would like to say there is law of Aadhaar. This law says that you cannot deny benefit to anyone for want of Aadhaar. If the person is not having Aadhaar ask him to get Aadhaar but you should give him benefit using alternative mode," Prasad said.

It was reported last week that a civil hospital in Gurugram denied admission to a pregnant woman as she was not carrying her Aadhaar card and she had to deliver baby outside the hospital. "Many times ration is not given at ration shop. It should not happen. You should think about it. No one should deny ration to poor," Prasad said.

He also the IT Ministers of state governments to join some of digital initiatives and bring all their citizen services on integrated app platforms such as UMANG. Prasad said that Umang currently has services from the states of Gujarat, Haryana, Assam, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Telangana and work is going on in to bring on board states of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Prasad told the officials present that all the services which are given by the state shall be brought on the Umang platform within 2 to 3 months which will increase their discoverability by the common man. "All e-hospitals District services should be available by default on Umang," he said.

Prasad also said that India on its way to becoming a 1 trillion dollar digital economy and MeitY has been holding extensive consultations with Ministers and Departments of Government of India, Industry and other stakeholders to firm up the strategy towards realisation of this goal by 2025. The views of the states will also be taken into consideration while developing the final blueprint, Prasad said.
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