Scholarship issue : Scholarship fiasco continues, NCPI mapper creates problems

Nagpur : The scholarship issue in Maharashtra has no end it seems. Though Government took a lot of efforts, took several measures, introduced Direct Benefit Transfer but it failed to resolve the pendency issue. To add to the woes of colleges and students, now National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) mapper is creating problems.

This has become a big hurdle in deposition of scholarship amount into the accounts of students. Students get registered themselves for receipt of scholarship benefits. Aadhaar seeding is necessitated for receiving Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) provided by various Government schemes. Customer (here the student) visits the bank branch where he or she is holding an account and submit the duly filled consent form. The bank officials after verifying the details and documents provided (as may be required) and authenticity of the customer based on the signature will accept Aadhaar seeding consent form and provide an acknowledgment to the customer.

The branch will then link the Aadhaar number to the customer’s account and also in NPCI mapper. Once this activity is completed, the Aadhaar number is reflected in NPCI mapper. Bank then verifies the completeness of the consent form, checking the documentation and authenticating the customer’s signature. After the officials are satisfied with the documentation they carry out the activities that include linking the Aadhaar number to the bank account (in CBS), updating NPCI mapper. Here the students are facing problems.

As per the students and colleges, NCPI mapper is not getting updated due to which the amount is not getting deposited in the accounts of students. Bank has clearly said that in case of failure in updating any Aadhaar number/s then necessary corrective action has to be taken and CBS also should be updated accordingly. Branches are expected to understand that if Aadhaar number is not updated in NPCI mapper the action is purely lies with the bank only.

The customer should not be told that NPCI has not updated the Aadhaar number. According to some students, the banks are not responding and Social Justice Department has no solution with it. This has created a lot of problems. Colleges have complained, they have already facing severe problem of financial crunch. Now, the NCPI mapper has added to their problems. Government still has not paid full amount of scholarship till now. This time Government has deposited the amount but problem in NCPI is not allowing the same to be transferred to students’ accounts.

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