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NRIs, PIOs not required to link bank accounts, PAN with Aadhaar: UIDAI

UIDAI said several representations had been received about problems faced by NRIs, PIOs and OCIs

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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and are not required to link and other services with Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said on Friday, while instructing various implementation agencies to work out a mechanism to verify the status of such individuals.

It said the Prevention of Money laundering Rules 2017 and the Income Tax Act clearly stipulate that the linking of and respectively, "is for those persons who are eligible to enrol for Aadhaar".

It said all central ministries and departments, state governments and other implementation agencies should bear in mind that as an identity document can be sought only from those eligible for it under Act, and that most NRIs/PIOs/ OCIs may not be eligible for its enrolment.

The Aadhaar-issuing body said several representations had been received about problems faced by Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) where was being demanded with regard to various services and benefits.

It said that some Departments and implementing agencies were asking NRIs/OCIs/to submit or link their for availing services and benefits, despite the fact that they were not entitled for the 12-digit biometric identifier.

"The laws regarding submitting/linking of for availing the services/benefits applies to the residents as per the Act 2016... Most of the NRIs/PIOs/OCIs may not be eligible for enrolment as per Act...," the said in a note dated November 15 to central ministries and states.

It has further instructed the implementing agency to device a mechanism "to ascertain the genuineness of status of such NRIs/PIOs/OCIs".

First Published: Fri, November 17 2017. 20:05 IST