New Delhi, November 13: Linking Aadhaar to a host of services has become mandatory now. The government is expanding scope of Aadhaar linkage to more essentials. From investment in savings schemes to opening a bank account, an individual needs to furnish the 12-digit identity number to avail benefits. The government has made the PAN-Aadhaar linking mandatory for filing ITR (Income Tax Return) and obtaining a new Permanent Account Number (PAN) from July 1. Apart from PAN, linking Aadhaar with SIM cards, Bank accounts, PPF, NSC, KV and social schemes have also been made mandatory by the government.
Here is the list of services that would require Aadhaar linking.
By December 31:
The linking of PAN to Aadhaar has been made mandatory by the government to file income tax returns. Aadhaar can be linked with PAN by login to the income tax filing website. The government has also made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with insurance policies as it will be beneficial during claims settlement for establishing the identity of the claimant.
- Visit www.incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in and click on ‘Link Aadhaar’ option that is on the left side of the website.
- Enter PAN (User ID), password and your date of birth. Now click on ‘Profile Settings’ tab and select the last option ‘Link Aadhaar’.
- You are required to enter details like name, date of birth and gender as per PAN records and also your Aadhaar number.
- Enter the captcha code and submit.
Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificates (NSC), Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) schemes:
The depositors who have not provided Aadhaar number at the time of application for such schemes like Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificates (NSC) shall submit Aadhaar number to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017. In case Aadhaar is not generated, one needs to provide the proof of application for enrolment into Aadhaar.
As per a notification issued by the Ministry of Finance, if an individual wants to open a post office account or invest in the NSC, PPF and KVP schemes, he/she will have to compulsorily produce your Aadhaar number. Those who do not have an Aadhaar card yet can quote the EID or enrolment identity number of their Aadhaar application. Existing depositors can update their Aadhaar number till December 31, 2017.
Submitting Aadhaar card details for social security schemes:
Furnishing details of your Aadhaar card number has been made mandatory to avail of social security schemes. The deadline set for this is also December 31, 2017. One must provide his or her Aadhaar card details in order to avail pension, LPG cylinders or government scholarships.
Bank account and mutual funds:
Linking of Aadhaar to your bank account and mutual funds should be done before December 31. Any failure to do so will cease to be operational account. If your bank account is not linked with Aadhaar, you can link Aadhaar with your bank account in various ways.
By February 6:
Telecom companies have cited a government directive making it mandatory to link Aadhaar with SIM Cards by February 6, 2018. They had earlier instructed their customers to start the process of linking their Aadhaar card numbers with phone numbers. Aadhaar is to be mandatorily linked with mobile number by February 6, 2018. The Department of Telecom (DoT) has introduced a new OTP- or One Time Password-based option to link Aadhaar with mobile connection.
Mobile users will be able to link their mobile SIM with Aadhaar number from the comfort of their homes from December 1, 2017, according to the UIDAI. From December 1, 2017, Aadhaar cardholders can link their UID or Unique Identity Number with a mobile number or SIM from the comfort of their home through an OTP (One-Time Pin) received on the mobile number registered with Aadhaar, according to the UIDAI. “No need to give fingerprints to local SIM card retailer for your mobile phone verification,” the UIDAI tweeted.