The primary education department has been tasked with making Aadhaar cards of students of classes 1 to 8 in Uttar Pradesh.

A government order issued by special secretary, (primary education department) Dev Pratap Singh says the students who still do not have an Aadhaar card issued in their name will be provided one latest by July 31, 2017. The order is dated July 3, 2017.

Two computers and a kit, comprising iris scanner and finger printing machine, have been provided at each of the 852 development blocks present in Uttar Pradesh.

For accomplishing the task at the state level, the secretary, primary education department, has been made the nodal officer of the programme. At divisional level, the divisional assistant primary education director has been made the nodal officer. The basic shiksha adhikari has been made the nodal officer at the district level. The Khand Shiksha Adhikari has been made the nodal officer of the programme at the development block level.

The exercise will help in doing away with several discrepancies.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had announced making Aadhaar cards mandatory for primary and secondary school students, after which the UP Board had made Aadhaar card necessary for admission to class 9 and class 11.

The exercise will help in doing away with several discrepancies including fake enrolment which is largely done for fraudulently seeking benefits of various welfare schemes for students like mid day meal, free uniform and textbooks.

The initiative will help in assessing the exact count of students in primary schools up to class 8, besides providing accurate information about school drop-outs.

The recently released Comptroller and Auditor General’s report says there were around 20 lakh drop-outs per year between 2010-11 and 2015-16 from class 2 to 7. The figure was obtained on comparison of data from the District Information System for Education (DISE) with household survey data. Accurate data will be available once Aadhaar cards are made for every student in government schools.