Aadhaar program was launched in 2009. In the initial phase, it was difficult to enroll for the Adhaar card. Now it functions as a unique and universal identity card for the citizens of India. Aadhar Card has now become a necessity more than ever before.
From getting the driving license to avail free mid-day meals, the government is making Aadhaar card mandatory for many things. Know the uses of Aadhaar card now:
Aadhaar and the e-Aadhaar card could be utilized as proof of date of birth (DOB) while applying for passports.Aadhaar can now be used as the date of birth proof. With a view to making the system more transparent and efficient, the government recently made it mandatory for citizens to produce their Aadhaar number. Aadhaar Can Be Accepted As DOB Proof: Get Passport Easily
Aadhaar-based re-verification has been made mandatory for all existing subscribers of mobile phone services now. The government is instructing telecom operators to initiate the process soon.
Aadhaar mandatory for availing subsidized foodgrains from the ration shops. The Department of Food and Consumer Affairs has issued a Notification under Aadhaar Act on February 8 which requires individual beneficiaries having ration cards under NFSA to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication to receive subsidies under NFSA (i.e. subsidized food grains or cash Transfer of Food Subsidy under NFSA). The government has given time to those not having the biometric-based unique identification number to apply for Aadhaar by June 30.
All retired defense personnel and family members of deceased personnel would need to enroll for an Aadhaar by June 30 to be able to claim their pensions from the government. Retired Defence Personnel Need Aadhaar To Get Pension
Now, the government made quoting the national ID number mandatory for filing Income Tax returns and also processing of Permanent Account Number (PAN) applications from July 1, 2017. The applicants will also have to link their unique identification number with the PAN before the July deadline. Aadhaar Must To File I-T Returns, Processing PAN Card
More than a 100 million school children in India will compulsorily need the 12-digit unique identification number to avail their mid-day meal from 1 July. The central government has given children and their parent's time till 30 June to get the Aadhaar in case they don't have one so far.
LPG connection for women
The government has made having an Aadhaar card must for poor women to avail of free cooking gas (LPG) connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Those below poverty line (BPL) women looking to avail free LPG connection but do not have the Aadhaar number, have been asked to apply for it by May 31.
Aadhaar was also made compulsory for scholarships and other schemes for backward castes and the disabled.
The government aims to make Aadhaar card mandatory for all driving license applications and renewals soon. The plans will be put in effect by October this year. Using Aadhaar will counter the issuance of multiple licenses under different Regional Transport Offices to the same person. Biometrics of Aadhaar card is expected to make the verification process easier.
The government of India provides certain subsidies to particular citizens however there have been instances when such welfare has been misused. The Aadhaar number was intended to help solve this problem and ensure that those who require welfare, and are eligible for it, get it. Aadhar is also supposed to be the identification that would prove a person's eligibility to enroll in government programs like Right to Education and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan.
People who have an Aadhaar card can only avail a subsidy on gas cylinders. To get the subsidy, people need to link the Aadhar card number to their bank accounts.
For getting a new landline or mobile connections, the Aadhaar card can be used to replace KYC documents like identity proofs and evidence of address.
The advantage of having a bank account linked to the Aadhaar number is that when and if you qualify for a government welfare scheme and you need to receive monetary advances, they can be transferred to the linked bank account post haste.
The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has made it mandatory for its about 50 lakh pensioners and around four crore subscribers to provide either Aadhaar or proof that they have applied for it till month-end to remain the beneficiary of its social security schemes. Aadhaar Is Mandatory For EPF Pension Scheme Now