Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is covered under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016. A notification has been published in the Gazette of India (Extraordinary) dated 28th February, 2017, which came into effect in all States and Union Territories except in the States of Assam, Meghalaya and the State of Jammu & Kashmir.
As per the notification, the beneficiaries are required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentification. If they are not enrolled for Aadhaar, they have to apply for Aadhaar enrolment by 30th June, 2017, provided that till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the individual, he/she shall be entitled for benefit subject to the production of the following identification documents, namely:
(i) If he or she has enrolled, his or her Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip; or
(ii) A copy of his or her application made for Aadhaar Enrolment and an undertaking by the parent or legal guardian that the child is not availing benefit from any other school and any one of the documents mentioned in the notification.
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The use of Aadhaar as identity document would not affect the health of the children as it brings in transparency and efficiency for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies, simplifies the Government delivery processes and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly to them in a convenient and seamless manner. Aadhaar also obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity.
This information was given by Minister of State (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.