Quite frankly, the Adhaar policy took the country by storm. The 12 digit number has promised to replace every proof of identity for all Indians to make any registration process much easier to navigate.
It may not be mandatory as of yet to be in possession of the card, but the number of transactions and processes that require it are slowly but surely increasing. You need it even for the most basic of proceedings, from applying for a gas connection or even filing an income tax return. Even colleges are demanding the Adhaar card as proof of citizenship for enrollment or if you want to obtain your driving license.
Compulsory for financial transactions
In the month of June, this year, the government of India made it compulsory that this identity card was required for financial transactions such as opening a bank account as well as for any transaction above 50,000 INR. Along with this rule, another was implemented in the Finance Bill; this unique identification number is to be integrated with the PAN (Permanent Account Number) card.
Almost eight-eight percent of the population have now registered for this biometric identity system.
A person’s biometric details
So, what exactly is Aadhaar? It is a 12-digit unique number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by collecting information about a person’s biometric details such as iris scan and fingerprints, and demographic information like date of birth and address.
If you delay getting your own card, life is going to become difficult. From getting government subsidies or pensions to even set up a mobile connection, it is impossible to escape this.
On the educational front, it is mandatory for all students to have their Adhaar cards ready if they are appearing for open school exams. This has been binding because there had been incidents where replacement candidates have been caught for appearing for exams on behalf of other students.
How do you know if you are eligible for the Adhaar card? It does not matter if you are a foreign national in India or NRI (Non-residing Indian); if you have stayed in India for more than 182 days, then you are eligible for one.
Enrolling your children for Adhaar
Enrolling your children for Adhaar is another excellent idea. Not only would it hasten and smoothen out their education registration (should they want to enroll in a new school) it will also helo in terms if investments in their name and even travel proceedings. In short, it is going to make their lives much easier as the years following.
In the worst case scenario of you losing this card, getting a copy of it is an actual nightmare. In this case, you have to go to the Adhaar website which will enable you to download a duplicate copy of your card. It is a simple procedure and it is always better to have a coy with you in the case of emergencies. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
So in hindsight, registering now for your Adhaar card is the best option.