The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for all post office deposits, PPF, the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra on Friday. Present depositors have been specified time till December 31, 2017, to give 12-digit unique identification number. Ministry of Finance has issued four Gazette notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for opening all post office deposit accounts.
“Provided that where Aadhaar number has not been assigned, the depositor shall submit proof of application of enrolment for Aadhaar,” the notification reads. The current depositors who have not given Aadhaar details “shall submit it to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017.”
The government pushed on Aadhaar details for bank deposits, obtaining mobile phone and several other utilities to get rid of benami deals and black money. It extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31 recently.
“As a result of the review of welfare schemes covered and to provide the benefits of such schemes to all eligible beneficiaries of the scheme, it has been decided to further extend the stipulated date in all such notifications up to December 31, 2017,” an order dated September 26 said.