After a row of public queries over Aadhaar card’s compulsion for booking international parcel, the Department of Posts clarified that Aadhaar is not mandatory.
The department, however, said it is mandatory to produce an Identity Proof acceptable for important transactions like booking an International Parcel or International EMS (Merchandise) for safety and security purpose based on requests received from organisations like Narcotics Control Bureau and Wild Life Crime Control Bureau.
“Aadhaar, as per the prevailing norms in the country, is not a mandatory document to be produced at the time of booking. All such documents, which could include driving license or passport or voter ID among other valid ID documents, are only required for office records and won’t be pasted on the consignments,” the postal department said Monday.
The statement has come amid a report which claims that India Post asks for the display of Aadhaar number on parcels.
The department said that it appears that the confusion was created by an erroneous message generated from the twitter account of the office of the Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle wherein it was mentioned that pasting of ID proof on consignments is in accordance with international guidelines.