21August2018

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TB patients in Karnataka now need Aadhaar to avail aid

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BENGALURU: Aadhar card will be required by the TB patients in Karnataka to avail of the direct benefit transfer to their bank accounts of the Rs 500 per month nutritional assistance.

Aadhaar has been made mandatory for tuberculosis (TB) patients in Karnataka drawing nutritional assistance of Rs 500 per month during the course of treatment. In order to streamline the direct benefit transfer (DBT) where money is credited to the beneficiary’s account, the Karnataka government has sought Aadhaar card and bank account details of the patients.

Over 83,000 patients in Karnataka have benefited from the scheme in 2017-18 and this year, said Dr Ramachandra Bairy, deputy director, TB control programme.

He said, “If a  patient is tested positive for TB, his/her Aadhaar number and bank account details are collected and updated in the system. Aid is given for six months for the new cases, which is the treatment period. Aid is given for eight months for the retreatment of old cases. The money is credited as long as they are under treatment for those suffering from drug-resistant TB.”

Guidelines of the health department mention that the state government should make special arrangements for bedridden, differently abled and senior citizens to get enrolled for Aadhaar in case if they haven’t.

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