New Delhi, June 19: The Narendra Modi government has said that the letter that has been credited to the government and says Aadhaar must be linked to land records is fake. Principal Spokesperson of Government of India and Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau Frank Noronha tweeted, “The letter attributed to Cabinet Secretariat on Aadhaar linking to Land records, is completely fake and mischievous.” “A police complaint has been filed and the matter is being investigated,” he added.

The statement by the government came after there were reports doing the rounds that the Centre was planning to link all land records with the Aadhaar number under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Program (DILRMP). Reports said that this was a step towards exposing benami property and making land records transparent.

The letter, now deemed fake by the government, read, “The Union of India by an Act of Parliament, is considering linking Aadhaar numbers with the ownership of said properties. The properties which are not linked shall be considered for appropriate action under the Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016.”

Earlier, the government had issued a directive to link all bank accounts with Aadhaar.

Editor’s Note: India.com carried a report saying ‘Centre was planning to link Aadhaar with property’ based on the reports in the media. After the government’s clarification on the letter, the error has been rectified. We regret the error.