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Updated January 2nd, 2024 at 10:43 IST

Wage payments under MGNREGS now only through Aadhaar-based system

There are around 14.28 crore active workers under the MGNREGS as per data on January 1.

Reported by: Business Desk
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The payment under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme will now be done only through the Aadhaar-Based Payment System (ABPS), sources told PTI on Monday. The sources said it has been conveyed to states that payments will now be made only through the ABPS. If any state has any grievance, it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, they said.

The ABPS uses the 12-digit Aadhaar number as a worker's financial address. For ABPS-enabled payments, a worker's Aadhaar details are seeded with their job card and the Aadhaar has to be linked to the worker's bank account.

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There are around 14.28 crore active workers under the MGNREGS as per data on January 1, according to the Aadhaar Demographic Verification Status Report on the website of the Union Rural Development Ministry.

Aadhaar seeding has been done for 13.48 crore workers. While 12.90 crore workers' Aadhaar has been confirmed, around 12.49 crore workers have been converted to the Aadhaar-Based Payment System. This means around 12.5 per cent of active workers under the MGNREGS are still not ABPS enabled.

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When it comes to total workers, according to data on January 1, there are about 25.89 crore workers under the MGNREGS, of which 17.37 crore are in the ABPS. This means over 32 per cent of workers are not eligible for ABPS.

With PTI Inputs

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Published January 1st, 2024 at 19:11 IST

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