No Aadhaar,no pension

Over 53,000 disabled, elderly and widows have stopped getting pension as they had not submitted Aadhaar details. A senior social welfare department official in Uttarkhand said that the pensions were stopped following a state government notice which made it mandatory to link Aadhaar numbers with the bank accounts of each beneficiary and if it is not done,it would not be possible to give pension to such beneficiaries.

When told that the Supreme Court has not mandated the linking for social welfare activities, the officials said that they were helpless. They said that they had launched a toll free number to help out people but still some people did not connect with the department.