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How Aadhaar Became Mainstream In Our Life? How To Link Aadhaar?
The government of India made Aadhaar linking is mandatory to avail all the benefits from getting a mobile connection to all government schemes and subsidies, and for financial transactions. Aadhaar has become mainstream in 1.3 billion Indian lives. Here is the list of accounts and documents where Aadhaar linking has been made mandatory, you just can’t skip Aadhaar.
What is Aadhaar?
Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UDAI), under the supervision of Government of India to every individual resident of India.
List of accounts and documents has been made mandatory to link with Aadhaar by Government of India.
1. Bank Account
The government of India has made mandatory to link Aadhaar with your bank accounts, to keep an eye on your financial transactions and prevent money laundering.
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How to link Aadhaar with your bank account online?
- Consult your bank branch or log-in to your internet banking account.
- Last date to link Aadhaar with your bank account is 31st December 2017 as of now.
2. PAN card
Indian government made linking PAN with Aadhaar for taxpayers by making an amendment to Income-Tax Act, 1961 introducing Section 139AA, to reduce corruption, fraudulent activities and fake PAN card numbers. It is also possible to identify tax evaders and reduce the black money circulation in the country.
How to link Aadhaar with PAN?
- Visit the Income Tax website and follow instructions.
- Complete the Aadhaar biometric authentication.
- Last date to link Aadhaar with your PAN number is 31st December 2017 as of now.
Mobile connections (SIM cards)
The Department of Telecom has made Aadhaar-based e-KYC (Know your customer) mandatory to obtain a new mobile connection or SIM card. It is also passed instructions to all telecom operators to re-verify all existing mobile subscribers via Aadhaar-based e-KYC.
To link your Aadhaar with your mobile number contact at your nearest retail outlet. Last date February 6, 2018.
3. LPG Connection
To avail subsidy on LPG linking Aadhaar to LPG connection is mandatory.
To link your Aadhaar with LPG connection consult your LPG distributor or call toll-free number 1800-0233-3555.
4. Pension account
The government has made it mandatory for its pensioners to link Aadhaar card to avail its social security schemes. Linking Aadhaar card to pension account has a lot of benefits.
How to link Aadhaar with pension account?
SMS “JPL <Pincode>” to 7738299899 to get a list of Jeevan Pramaan Centres near your location, where can you link your Aadhaar with your pension account.
5. Social security schemes
The government made Aadhaar linking is mandatory to avail benefits of social security schemes, such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana etc.
6. Mutual fund investments
The government made it mandatory to linking Aadhaar with all financial activities including investing in mutual funds by making an amendment in Act (PMLA) Rules, 2017 to Prevent Money Laundering.
Presently, Computer Age Management Services (CAMS) and Karvy Computershare fund houses only offering an online facility for investors to link their Aadhaar to mutual fund accounts.
How to link Aadhaar with Mutual Fund accounts?
- Visit Karvy website or CAMS website to link Aadhaar with your mutual fund account.
- Fill in a simple form.
- Complete the Aadhaar biometric authentication.
7. Ration card
To prevent the misuse of ration cards and fake beneficiaries government had made it mandatory to link Aadhaar to ration card.
8. Provident fund (PF) account
Not compulsory. but, it is recommended to link your Aadhaar number to your PF account. This will allow you to apply for the claim online and get approved it within 5 days.
How to link your Aadhaar to PF account?
- Visit EPFO portal.
- Login with your UAN and password
- Go to Manage >>> KYC >>> Update Aadhaar details
- Enter your Aadhaar number and name as per Aadhaar and click “Save.”
9. Driving licence and vehicle registration documents
To prevent the issue of fake driving licences and registration of stolen vehicles, government planning to link driving licenses and vehicle registration documents with Aadhaar. It is expecting that biometric details will help prevent such fraud activities.
10. Link Aadhaar with Voter ID
Government stepping ahead to prevent bogus or multiple voter ID cards in a single individual’s name by linking the Aadhaar with the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) or Voter Id.
How to link Aadhaar to Voter ID or EPIC Online?
- Visit the National Voters Services Portal
- Find your name using “Search Your Name” option, and follow the instructions.
- As you see your details, please click on the ‘View’ button on the left-side of the row.
- Update your Aadhaar details followed by confirmation through SMS or Email.
- SMS “ECILINK <EPIC Number> <Aadhaar number>” to 51969.
- You will get confirmation SMS after successfully completed the process.
Apart from the above mentions, the government is slowly introducing the process for train and flight ticket bookings. Indian Railways working on integrating Aadhaar with the online ticket booking system. After implementation, Aadhaar card will be mandatory to booking tickets online. Whether we like it or not, Aadhaar will become mainstream identification for Aam Aadmi.
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However, the Supreme Court is yet to be announced the final decision on petitions against the legal validity of Aadhaar on the grounds that it is an intrusion into a citizen’s fundamental right to privacy.
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