New Delhi: In order to check corruption in the Centre’s flagship programme Mahatma Gangdhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Schemes (MNREGS), the Centre is all set to make ‘Aadhaar’ number mandatory for labourers to get wages.

The scheme would be initiated in 5 states including Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal which are required to implement the same within a year.

Now the bank and post office accounts of the MNREGS workers will function on the basis of the Aadhaar number. However, the scheme for linking Aadhaar to the MNREGS is lagging behind by 1.5 years.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has expressed concern over the delay in making payment to the MNREGS labourers.

Ramesh said some states are lagging behind by six months in clearing payment to the labourers.

Sensing the seriousness of the issue, the Centre has asked the Unique Identification Authority to expedite the process of providing Aadhaar number to the labourers.

All the labourers will be provided for 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India with a view to check fake master roll and irregularities in making payment.

The Centre aims at providing Aadhaar numbers to the 11 crore MNREGS card holders on the priority basis.

JPN/Bureau