Aadhaar linked pay made mandatory for MGNREGS workers

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: Social Justice

Topic: Welfare Schemes for Vulnerable Sections of the population by the Centre and States and the Performance of these Schemes.

Context:   Wages under the MGNREG Scheme will be paid only through an Aadhaar based payment system (ABPS), which requires the Aadhaar details of workers to be seeded to their job cards.


  • The fifth extension of the deadline to make the system mandatory ended
  • The first order to enforce the system was issued on January 30,2023, followed by extensions.
  • Activists argue that mandatory ABPS led to deletion of large number of job cards leading to denial of right to work.
  • LibTech India says the names of 6 crore workers have been deleted over the past 21 months.
  • Union Rural Development Ministry data show that8% of the job card holders remain ineligible for this mode of payment
  • The government contends that ABPS implementation will plug leaks ensure  and reduce rejection.

MNREG Act,2005:

Conclusion: There must be a lenient view if linking has not been done for any genuine reason.

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