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Jan 06, 2019

Rs 90,000 cr saved by use of Aadhaar till March 2018: Jaitley

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, over 122 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued in the last 28 months and 99 percent of the adult population of India stands covered.

In a Facebook post, Mr Jaitley said 90,000 crore rupees have been saved by the use of Aadhaar till March last year and several duplicate, fake, and non-existent beneficiaries have been eliminated.

He stated that according to the World Bank Digital Dividend Report, India can save 77,000 crore rupees per year by using Aadhaar.

The Finance Minister said, Aadhaar is a game changer and the UPA remained half hearted about Aadhaar because of its contradictions and indecision.

He said, instead of taking credit, Congress lawyers challenged it in Court appearing as anti-technology, and anti-Aadhaar faces.

Mr Jaitley said that decisive Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it possible and the NDA government re-examined the UPA law and completely changed it.

He said the pith and substance of the new law was to effectively use public resources in subsidising poor.

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