Govt confused over Planning Commission

Almost two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the scrapping of the Planning Commission, which he subsequently replaced with the Niti Aayog, his government is yet to shrug off the institution created by Jawaharlal Nehru. Perhaps this is the reason that the Press Information Bureau under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, whose website posts press releases of various ministries and departments, had an official release from the Planning Commission on Tuesday.

Titled ‘Special Aadhaar Enrolment Drive for Students,’ it praised Aadhaar for enabling students to apply for scholarships online conveniently and receive money into their bank accounts directly.”

The students who are eligible for any scholarship scheme are being given preference, said the release. “The drive is being coordinated and supervised by the district collectors in all the schools of their respective districts. The headmaster of schools has been made accountable to take the students to nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Centre and get them enrolled for Aadhaar. Wherever large numbers of students are to be enrolled, enrolment camps are being organized in the schools.”