The Aadhaar number - the 12-digit Unique Identification Number (UID) on Aadhaar Card - is to be mandatorily linked with your bank account by December 31, 2017. Do NRIs or non-resident Indians also need to link their Aadhaar card with bank account? The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India, the issuer of the biometrics-based Aadhaar number and Aadhaar card, has clarified on this. NRIs and OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India) need not link their Aadhaar card with bank account, SIM or PAN, the UIDAI has said.
What UIDAI says on Linking of Aadhaar card with bank account for NRIs/OCIs
— Aadhaar (@UIDAI) October 2, 2017
"NRI/OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) are not eligible to obtain Aadhaar as per the Aadhaar Act and hence are fully exempted to produce Aadhaar for any verification... NRI/OCI need not verify their bank account or SIM or PAN with Aadhaar. If required, they may inform the service provider(s) that they being NRI/OCI are exempted from Aadhaar verification," the UIDAI said on Twitter. The UIDAI was explaining whether it is mandatory for NRIs or OCIs holding accounts in India to get their Aadhaar card linked by the December 31 deadline.
Is it safe to link Aadhaar card with bank account?
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 4, 2017
For Aadhaar card holders - other than NRIs and OCIs - linking of your Aadhaar with your bank account is safe and secure and the government takes all possible measures to ensure it, the UIDAI has said.
Why verify bank account with Aadhaar card
The UIDAI has time and again addressed concerns of the Aadhaar card holders. "By verifying your bank account with Aadhaar, you are adding an additional layer of security. Your bank account information is never transferred to Aadhaar/UIDAI by your bank," the UIDAI said, in the infographic shared on Twitter.
Necessary to link Aadhaar card with bank account?
"Yes, as per the amended PML rules, it is mandatory to verify all bank account with Aadhaar by December 31, 2017. To do so, you may please visit your bank's home branch at the earliest. Please do not give your Aadhaar details on phone to any unauthorised person/agency," the UIDAI said.
Here are some other things the UIDAI said:
You should not share your Aadhaar OTP with any agency, individual, or entity to avoid its misuse
Verify your bank account with Aadhaar, contact nodal officers on issues related to Aadhaar verification
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