New Delhi, August 18: Aadhaar- the 12-digit unique identification number has become one of the most important documents to have as it has become mandatory to avail essential services. Aadhaar can be used as a single identification document at financial organizations health care institutions among many others. Also, the linking the Aadhaar to PAN card has been made mandatory by the government to file Income Tax returns as well as applying for a new Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) card.  Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance Bill for 2017-18 in June had made the Aadhaar number mandatory for filing income tax returns.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on its website is allowing users to check if their mobile numbers, email-ids are registered with the government. Under the Aadhaar services, a user can check if an Aadhaar number is valid or deactivated, Aadhaar number holders can secure their Biometric Authentication as per need by locking or unlocking by Biometrics,  Aadhaar number holders can check if their Bank Accounts are linked to their Aadhaar number by clicking on ‘Check Aadhaar-Bank Account Linking Status’ that is available on the right side of the website.

Here’s how you can verify email address and mobile number on UIDAI website

  • Log on to UIDAI website and go to ‘Aadhaar Services’ option on the right side of the page
  • Click on the ‘Verify Email/Mobile Number’ option

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  • A user will be needed to enter the Aadhaar number, email address, and a security code on the UIDAI website.
  • An OTP will be sent on their email address, which is then required to be entered in the box at the right side of the page.aa3
  • If the entries match, the UIDAI website responds by saying “Congratulations! The Email ID matches with our records!”
  • In case of verification of mobile number, a user will receive the OTP on the mobile number and verify it from the website.

It has to be noted that a registered mobile number is essential to avail Aadhaar Online services. In case your mobile number is not registered with your Aadhaar, visit the nearest Permanent Aadhaar Centre(PAC).  Earlier this week, the Income Tax Department informed that more than 9.3 crore Permanent Account Numbers (PAN) have been linked with Aadhaar.  Of the total PAN-Aadhaar seeding, which is nearly 30 per cent of the total about 30 crore PAN holders, about three crore linkages were done in June and July. As per details by Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary, the UIDAI has deactivated close to 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers till date. The Aadhaar numbers were deactivated for a number of reasons stated in Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016. “Till date, approximately 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated. The state-, year- and reason-wise data is not maintained by the UIDAI,” Chaudhary said.

On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI advised commercial banks to make Aadhaar cards linkage mandatory for farmers to avail short-term crop loans in 2017-18. The notification read, “To ensure hassle-free benefits to farmers under interest subvention scheme, the banks are advised to make Aadhaar linkage mandatory for availing short-term crop loans in 2017-18”.