Is Aadhar Card Mandatory?
Is the Aadhar Card mandatory for the citizens of India? Well, no. But its mighty handy to have. The reason it has not been made mandatory is to avoid fraud. Since the project is so huge, the chances of fraudulent activity is higher. Aadhaar has been linked to gas connections, Voter ID, PAN card, and bank accounts. Earlier, there was emphasis on Aadhar being mandatory to avail of any service, benefit or subsidy from the government. But this only leads to false representations and duplicate cards. For these reasons, the Supreme Court has ruled against any mandatory requirement of Aadhaar card for availing government-related services and subsidies. However, there are some states that are insisting on the Aadhar being mandatory to avail of benefits from government schemes. To counter this, the government had published widely that the Aadhaar is not mandatory for any welfare scheme. The information was made available through social media platforms and newspapers.
As of October 2015, an apex court bench of judges removed the mandatory tag from Aadhar and made it known officially that the card was optional.
The Aadhar Card Project
The Aadhaar project was handed over by the Indian Government to UIDAI in March 2006. The project was intended to enroll citizens of the country, especially those below poverty line, in a system that helps identify everyone. Under this system, every citizen of India receives a Unique Identification number. Enrolment is voluntary but they are required to pass through a Demographic and Biometrics test in order to qualify for the card. If a resident of the country has already been enrolled in the National Population Register, they are not required to enrol in the Aadhar project.
So far, more than 92 crore Aadhaar numbers have been allotted. Majority of the cards were issued to those who already have IDs. Reports state that 93% of the adults in India have got their Aadhar card. The government spent over Rs. 56 crores to provide this service for free to its citizens.
Reasons to get an Aadhar Card
- Aadhaar card is a widely accepted form of identification.
- Even though it is not mandatory, an Aadhar card can qualify you instantly, making the process easier and quicker.
- With the Aadhaar card, you can link your bank accounts for the Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG connections.
- For the poor people, the direct benefit transfer enables more money to be credited to their accounts directly. This eliminates any other expenditure and cost of middlemen, NGOs, agencies and so on. The scheme is called JAM, Jan-Dhan Aadhar Mobile Yojana.
- You can use the benefit for subsidies on rations and kerosene from PDS.
- Aadhaar is also linked to pension schemes which were launched in 2011.
- With the help of the Aadhar number, funds can be transferred to Aadhaar linked bank accounts though the remittance system launched by NPCI (National Payments Corporation of India) in 2013.
- In 2014, the link to passports was created.
- The information of these cards will not be shared with any other authority.
News Related to Aadhaar Card
Aadhaar Mandatory for Availing Food at Anganwadis
The Centre has recently decided to make Aadhaar registration mandatory for the little school goers, who plan to avail mid-day meals in the school. The government after a thorough analysis has decided to take this initiative to figure out the misusage of the scheme.
As per the National Nutrition mission, the under privileged children should receive the benefits of the scheme. The 12-digit unique identification number will help to track the exact number of children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The report suggests that in Assam nearly three lakh registered names were fake and so Rs.30 lakh a day was not channelized in the proper way. To help the needy, the center is speeding up the Aadhaar registration process. For the time being, children can also give their Aadhaar enrollment number.
1st December 2017
Aadhaar Mandatory for Online Shopping
Online shopping customers should now compulsorily submit their Aadhaar number for any purchase. Of late, Amazon, the leading online shopping site, has asked its buyers to submit their Aadhaar Card to track the lost packages. And, in case, customers don’s submit their Aadhaar number, the unresolved tickets may get closed.
Zoomcar, the Bengaluru based start-up, has also notified its customers that it will not accept any bookings until Aadhaar number is submitted. Presently, Zoomcar operates across 15 cities, but plans to implement first, in North India and Vijaywada. However, within a month, it will implement the Aadhaar card submission mandatory for all other cities. Aadhaar has the best API integration.
30th November 2017
Aadhaar Card Now for NRIs
Under the prevention of money laundering act, linking Aadhar and UAN has been mandatory for all the salaried employees for depositing provident fund (PF) and withdrawing deposits. However, recently, the centre has started offering Aadhaar and UAN linking facility to a prospective employee.
This will reduce the employer’s task as they don’t have to carry out all the formalities of a newly-appointed employee. The objective of the UAN program is to merge various identification number that was allotted to the employees, previously. The UAN helps the employees to perform all the EPFO services like checking passbook, portability, deposits and SMS services on the mobile number.
27th November 2017
Aadhaar Card Now for NRIs
The congress ministers have recently notified that non-resident Indians (NRIs) should have an Aadhaar Card. While NRIS have the right to vote, holding the Aadhaar number should be mandatory for the Indians, who are temporarily out the country. The amendment of the law can include thousands of NRIs in the Aadhaar network. Individuals who have resided in India for more than 182 days within a year are eligible to apply for the 12-digit UIN, in spite of the fact that they have stayed overseas for long duration.
21st November 2017
The deadline for Linking Aadhaar and Insurance Policy is 31 December 2017
Under the prevention of money laundering Act, the insurance regulatory and development authority (IRDAI), has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar number to insurance policy. The deadline is 15 November 2017, and the move is supposed to reduce fraudulent activities when it comes to insurance policies.
All insurance policy holders should abide by the laws and the failure of which can freeze the policy and on submission of the required documents, the policy will be activated again. It is applicable for all the Life insurance as well as general insurance.
15th November 2017
Complete your Aadhaar and Mutual Fund Linking on or before 31 December 2017
Linking Aadhaar and mutual fund is compulsory now and should be accomplished by 31 December 2017. And, if an account/ mutual fund is not linked to Aadhaar within the deadline the account will be subjected to be un-operational.
Under the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, the government has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar and PAN/Form 60 to Aadhaar for availing any financial services. If the linking is done, the Aadhaar based KYC becomes convenient and an account holder need not submit ID, address proof or has to be present physically to complete the process. An individual must link the Aadhaar number with his/her bank account to complete the mutual fund linking process.
9th November 2017
Haryana Teacher Eligibility Test Demands Aadhaar Card
The Board of School Education Haryana (BSEH) has this time made Aadhaar Card mandatory for HTET exams. The online registration process for the test has commenced and applicants should submit their Aadhaar details along with the needed information in www.htetonline.com. Across Haryana, the exams will be held at different centers on 23rd and 24th of December.
This test is aimed to check the knowledge base of candidates who are interested for the positions of TGT, PGT and PRT across the state in various government colleges and schools.
3rd November 2017
Aadhaar Card Compulsory in Maharashtra for Fertilizer Subsidy
Pandurang Fundkar, the Maharastra’s Agriculture minister, has made Aadhaar Card mandatory in order to avail subsidy on fertilizer. From now, all farmers of the state should present their Aadhaar number via point of sale (PoS) machine to the dealers. This process will come into practice from 1st November 2017. The farmer can purchase the fertilizers with cash and don’t have the compulsion to own a credit card or debit card for the purchase of fertilizer.
Later, the subsidy will be deposited in the farmer’s bank account. This practice will bring down the demand of fertilizer which otherwise were used for industrial purpose and can be now diverted to the right hands. The PoS machine and proper training have been given to nearly 20,988 fertilizer dealers across the state. With this system in place, a farmer should have Aadhaar card to avail the subsidy or may entirely lose the benefits. If any farmer has applied for the Aadhaar Card recently, they can present the Aadhaar enrollment number to avail the subsidy.
28th October 2017
Aadhaar Card Mandatory for Mid-day Meals
Abiding by the strict guidelines of Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, State Government has made Aadhaar Card mandatory for mid-day meals. And, so Government school students should submit their Aadhaar card before availing the mid-day meal scheme. The intent behind this to stop all the malfunctions like presenting non-existing students on the register.
The process of collecting students Aadhaar number has already begun. It will be then uploaded in a single system to make the identification process easier. As of now, the last date for the submission of Aadhaar card in school is 31 December 2017. There are anticipations that the number of students enrolled under mid-day meal will reduce once the entire process will complete.
30th October 2017
Aadhaar Card is now mandatory for students of Haryana board exams
For the board exams in 2017, the possession of Aadhaar card for students has been made compulsory by the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE). Earlier this year, Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) made Aadhaar card number mandatory for students of 10th and 12th classes. Also, Aadhar is compulsory for the candidates who are appearing for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE).
In an attempt to prevent the forgery of education certificates, HBSE announced that the provision of the card was already present but it was not made mandatory. Keeping the usefulness of Aadhaar details, the board has now made it mandatory to produce Aadhar card. Considering the fact that Aadhaar details are now important in order to enroll for the board exams, the HBSE has extended the registration date for Class 12 examinations. Earlier, Aadhaar card was used for board exam’s enrollment process but it was not mandatory. After Gujarat and Maharashtra, Haryana has now become the third board to add Aadhaar card in the enrollment checklist.
The HBSE will validate the details provided by students against the UIDAI’s data to make sure that there is no duplication of the records. It will also help the board in maintaining and improving the overall transparency of the examination process.
If you are going to appear for the 2017 board exams, you should verify your Aadhaar card details for accuracy. If the details are not accurate, you should get it corrected as soon as possible
27th December 2016