November 30, 2017

Claim: In the last three years, millions and millions of bogus names have been removed from the system with help of Aadhaar.

Fact: Misleading. Only 4% of MGNREGS job cards deleted were fake, many deletions in LPG pre-date the use of Aadhaar, and deletions also include those owing to migration, death, etc.


Explanation: Only 4% of the 9.4 million Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee job cards that the government deleted were fake, FactChecker reported on December 17, 2017. This was revealed in a reply to a Right to Information application by economist Jean Drèze, Hindustan Times reported on October 8, 2017, the report pointed.

“Many of the deletions, especially in LPG connections, pre-date the use of Aadhaar,” Reetika Khera told IndiaSpend in an interview on March 9, 2019, when asked whether Aadhaar has helped remove millions of ghost beneficiaries from various welfare schemes. “More importantly, if you read the [Rajya Sabha] answer carefully, it clearly states that the cancellations were on account of duplication, ineligible, fake/non-existent, inactive [beneficiaries], including some due to migration, death, etc. Of these, Aadhaar can only help identify duplicate users. This means that the other deletions had nothing to do with Aadhaar. The breakup has never been made public,” she said, adding, “In a nutshell, the government has been passing off all manner of deletions as Aadhaar-related.”