The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), in a recent announcement, made it clear that persons of Indian origin (PIOs), non-resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas citizens of India (OCI) are not required to link their Aadhaar number with bank accounts and other services.
As per the Prevention of Money laundering Rules 2017 and the Income Tax Act, registering permanent account number (PAN) with bank accounts is only applicable for those who are eligible to obtain the 12-digit biometric identifier, added UIDAI.
As most of the NRIs/PIOs/ OCIs are not eligible for Aadhaar enrolment, all departments under central and state ministry and other implementing agencies should not seek Aadhaar as an identity proof from such individuals and should collect it from only those eligible under Aadhaar Act, said the authority.
UIDAI came with the clarification after observing some departments and implementing agencies asking NRIs and PIOs to provide their Aadhaar details to become eligible for benefits and services, against the fact that such individuals are not eligible to receive the 12-digit biometric number.
It also instructed the implementing agency to define a mechanism to verify the status of such individuals.
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