Aadhaar card or Unique Identification Number (UID) - the 12-digit identity number based on biometrics data - is to be compulsorily linked with your bank account by December 31, 2017. But do NRIs or non-resident Indians also need to link their Aadhaar card with their bank accounts? The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the issuer of the biometrics-based Aadhaar card and UID, has clarified on this. NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) and OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India) need not link their Aadhaar card with bank account, SIM or Permanent Account Number (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 microblogging site 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.
For Aadhaar card holders other than NRIs and OCIs
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) October 4, 2017
Linking of Aadhaar card with the bank account is safe and secure and the government takes all possible measures to ensure it, according to the UIDAI.
Why verify bank account with Aadhaar card
The Unique Identification Authority of India 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.
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 added.
Here are some other things said by the UIDAI said about Aadhaar card:
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
Residents may visit the #AadhaarSevaKendra for enrolment & update services
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