1. Aam Aadmi Aadhaar card linking checklist, from PAN card to savings bank account to mobile to PPF, NSC; Aadhaar link a must here

Aam Aadmi Aadhaar card linking checklist, from PAN card to savings bank account to mobile to PPF, NSC; Aadhaar link a must here

After PAN, bank accounts and many other things, the government has made Aadhaar mandatory for all post office savings schemes, including PPF, NSC, and Kisan Vikas Patra.

By: | Published: October 6, 2017 5:25 PM
Aam Aadmi Aadhaar card linking checklist, PAN card, savings bank account, mobile, PPF, NSC, Kisan Vikas Patra, link aadhaar, post office schemes The existing depositors have been given time till December 31, 2017 to provide the 12-digit unique identification number.

After PAN, bank accounts and many other things, the government has made Aadhaar mandatory for all post office savings schemes, including PPF, NSC, and Kisan Vikas Patra. The existing depositors have been given time till December 31, 2017 to provide the 12-digit unique identification number. “Existing depositors who have not provided Aadhaar number at the time of application for such deposit shall submit their Aadhaar number to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017,” said a notification issued by the Ministry of Finance recently.

It may be noted that Aadhaar has already been made compulsory for a number of schemes and utilities, including PAN card, bank deposits, mobile phone and social schemes. Here we are taking a look at some of them:

1. PAN Card: If you have an Aadhaar card, then you are required to link your Aadhaar number to your PAN card for filing your income tax return. Although the deadline for linking one’s Aadhaar number has now been extended to December 31, 2017, however your income tax returns will not be processed by the Income Tax Department unless you link your Aadhaar number to your PAN card. Having an Aadhaar card also makes e-verification of income tax return quick and easy.

2. Banking Transactions: It is now necessary to submit your Aadhaar number while doing banking transactions of Rs 50,000 or above.

3. Opening of Bank Account: Aadhaar number has also been made mandatory for opening a bank account. You are also required to link your Aadhaar number to your existing bank account. The government has laid a deadline of 31st December 2017 for this activity.

4. E-KYC for Mobile Number: The Telecom Ministry has issued an order to the telecom companies to e-verify every user’s phone number using their Aadhaar card.

5. Mutual Fund Accounts: Aadhaar number has also been made compulsory for mutual fund accounts. The government has set the deadline of December 31, 2017, for doing this. If one fails to do this by this time, then one’s MF account will become inactive.

6. Provident Fund: You can apply for the Employee Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawal online only if your Aadhaar number is linked with your EPF account.

7. Social Schemes: Aadhaar has also been made compulsory for availing various social schemes. The deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for the same has now been extended from September 30 to December 31.

Apart from the above, there are many other things for which Aadhaar has now been made compulsory, which include student scholarship and gas subsidy, among others.

  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm
    The Supreme Court is yet to take a decision on the validity of Aadhaar and whether the State can compulsorily link Aadhaar to various programs and all financial transactions. On 24 August 2017, a nine-judge Consti-tution Bench of the Supreme Court ruled against the Central Government to declare that privacy is a fundamental right under the Consti-tution of India. The Supreme Court is set to hear peti-tions challenging the validity and other aspects of Aadhaar in the first week of November 2017. So just wait for the verdict.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Oct 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm
      A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is not stopped by the Supreme Court, the biometric details of Indians will soon be available for s-ale.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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        1. R
          Reader
          Oct 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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