The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Central government has made Aadhaar mandatory for the registration of death in order to establish the identity of the deceased.
The Centre has made Aadhaar necessary for the registration of death in order to establish the identity of the deceased. This decision will be effective from October 1, 2017. A notification by the Ministry of Home Affairs said, “It will provide an effective method to prevent fraud. It will also help in recording the identity of the deceased person.” The home ministry said today that it would be applicable for the residents of all states except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya, for which a date would be notified separately, according to PTI.
The office of the Registrar General, which functions under the home ministry, said the use of Aadhaar will result in ensuring the accuracy of the details provided by the relatives or dependents or acquaintances of the deceased. “It will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud. It will also help in recording the identity of the deceased person. Further, it will obviate the need for producing multiple documents to prove the identity of the deceased person,” the release said.
“An Applicant applying for the death certificate is required to provide Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID Number (EID) of the deceased and other details as sought in the application for a death certificate for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased.”
However, “an Applicant who is not aware of the Aadhaar number or Enrolment ID Number (EID) of the deceased will be required to provide a certificate that the deceased person does not possess Aadhaar number to the best of his/her knowledge and it should be duly informed and also prescribed that any false declaration given by the applicant in this regard will be treated as an offence as per the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016 and also Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969.
“Applicant’s Aadhaar number shall also be collected along with the Aadhaar number of the spouse or parents,” as quoted in the release by the government.