Telangana government hospitals and health centers across India will soon start enrolling children for Aadhaar Card – the 12 digit unique identity number – at their premises soon after the child’s birth. The GHMC new innovative scheme is “Telangana Sishu Aadhaar Scheme for Newborn”. In English, the scheme called as “Happy Babies Telangana Babies”.
If everything goes as per schedule, 25 government hospitals will start issuing Aadhaar cards for newborn babies from the month-end, the newborns will be issued Aadhaar card, birth certificate and if needed, birth defect registration free. These will be placed in the digital locker. It will also help the government monitor delivery of welfare and health-related benefits to infants, and become a database of children for timely and assured delivery of services
Aadhaar-linked birth registration has already started in Haryana on a pilot basis in February. Between February and May, of the total 82,768 birth registered in the state, 36.2% children have been enrolled.
The government now wants to expand the programme across India. For covering non-institutional births, health workers and anganwadis have been mapped with nearest government hospital, community and primary health centers.
“The unique identity number can also act as a security net and can be used to track missing children,” an official said. “This system was introduced in Petlaburj Government Maternity Hospital on a pilot basis and is delivering good results,” said by GHMC additional commissioner (IT) Surendra Mohan.