The union government on late Friday night clarified that Aadhaar number is not mandatory for registration of death of a person.
A PIB release in this regard was issued by the government, which clarified that the news saying that the Aadhaar number was mandatory for registration of death of an individual were “totally incorrect”.
“It is not mandatory,” the release read.
Earlier, in a statement, the government had stated that the Aadhaar number will be required for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased for the purpose of death registration from 1 October.
This was being done to prevent identity fraud of the deceased person.
The Registrar General of India, under the Home Ministry, has issued directions to states to ensure compliance by registration authorities, the statement said.
“The RGI, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 3(3) of the Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969, directed that the Aadhaar number will be required for the purpose of establishing the identity of the deceased for the purpose of death registration,” it added.
Aadhaar has been made mandatory for filing Income Tax returns. The government has also provided for linking of PAN with Aadhaar to curb tax evasion through use of multiple PAN cards. Aadhaar is also linked with bank accounts for welfare schemes or otherwise.