New Delhi, the 25th February, 2017

S.O. 625(E).—Whereas, the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplifies the Government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency, and enables beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove one’s identity;

And whereas, the Ministry of Women and Child Development in the Government of India (hereinafter referred to as the Ministry) is administering the Support to Training and Employment Programme (STEP) Scheme (hereinafter referred to as the Scheme) for women (hereinafter referred to as the beneficiary) as a Central Sector Scheme;

And whereas, under the Scheme, financial assistance and training (hereinafter referred to as benefits) is provided for providing skills that give employability to women or enable them to become self-employed or entrepreneurs, through the Project Implementing Agencies (PIAs) (hereinafter referred to as the Implementing Agencies), namely, Institutions or organisations set up as Autonomous Organisations under any law in force or as a Society (not for profit) or voluntary organisations or non-governmental organisations registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882; and Co-operative societies;

And whereas, the aforesaid Scheme offered through the Implementing Agencies involve expenditure incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India;

Now, therefore, in pursuance of the provisions of section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 (18 of 2016) (hereinafter referred to as the said Act), the Central Government hereby notifies the following, namely:—

1. (i) Any individual desirous of availing benefits under the Scheme is hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar or undergo Aadhaar authentication.

(ii) A beneficiary desirous of availing the benefits under the Scheme, who does not possess the Aadhaar number or, has not yet enrolled for Aadhaar, but desirous of availing the Benefits under the Scheme are hereby required to make application for Aadhaar enrolment by 30thJune 2017 , provided she is entitled to obtain Aadhaar as per section 3 of the said Act and such individuals may visit any Aadhaar enrolment centre (list available at to get enrolled for Aadhaar.

(iii) As per regulation 12 of the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016, the Ministry through its Implementing Agencies which requires an individual to furnish Aadhaar is required to offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for the beneficiaries who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar and in case there is no Aadhaar enrolment centre located in the vicinity such as in the Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Ministry through its Implementing Agency is required to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the existing Registrars of UIDAI or by Ministry itself becoming UIDAI registrar:

Provided that till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the beneficiaries, benefits under the Scheme shall be given to such individual, subject to the production of the following documents, namely:-

(a) (i) if she has enrolled, her Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip; or

(ii) a copy of her request made for Aadhaar enrolment, as specified in sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph 2; and

(b) (i) Bank passbook with photograph; or (ii) Voter identity card; or (iii) Ration Card; or (iv) Permanent Account Number (PAN) Card; or (v) Passport; or (vi) Driving license issued by the Licensing Authority under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988); or (vii) Certificate of identity having photo of such member issued by a Gazetted Officer on an official letter head; or (viii) MGNREGS Card; or (ix) any other documents as specified by the Ministry:

Provided further that the above documents shall be checked by an officer specifically designated by the Ministry for that purpose.

2. In order to provide convenient and hassle free benefits to the beneficiaries under the Scheme, the Implementing Agencies receiving grants from the Ministry under the Scheme shall make all required arrangements on behalf of the Ministry including the following, namely:—

(a) Wide publicity through media and individual notices to be given to beneficiaries to make them aware of the requirement of Aadhaar to receive benefits under the Scheme and they may be advised to get themselves enrolled at the nearest enrolment centre available in their areas by 30th June, 2017, in case they are not yet enrolled. The list of locally available enrolment centres (list available at shall be made available to them.

(b) In case, the beneficiaries are not able to enroll due to non-availability of enrolment centres in the near vicinity such as in the Block or Taluka or Tehsil, the Ministry through its Implementing Agency is required to create Aadhaar enrolment facilities at convenient locations, and the beneficiaries can be requested to register their requests for Aadhaar enrolment by giving their names, address, mobile number and other details as specified in the first proviso to sub-paragraph (iii) of paragraph 1, with the concerned officials specifically designated by the Ministry or through the web portal provide for the purpose.

3. This Notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all the States and Union territories except the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.

[No. ST-50/58/2016-STEP]


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