UIDAI has written to the Indian Finance Ministry, to consider the Aadhaar Number as a valid proof of identification and proof of address for allotment of yet another number i.e the Permanent Account
A proposal for inclusion of Aadhaar in the existing list of valid proof of identification and proof of address for allotment of PAN was sent to the Finance Ministry by the Unique Identification Authority of India sometime back. The Ministry has decided to notify rules in this regard.
The Unique Identification (UID) Aadhaar number will soon be a “valid” proof of identity and address to obtain a PAN card. This step is aimed at curbing the menace of fake or duplicate PAN cards which are allotted by I-T department to taxpayers.
Till now, a variety of documents, like voter ID card, passport, driving licence and documents of owning or renting a property were used as a proof to obtain the Permanent Account Number (PAN).
The Ministry had last year brought out a new PAN application form—49A for use of Indian citizens, companies and entities incorporated in the country which allows an applicant to mention his or her Aadhaar number.
The Finance Ministry, which had first mooted the proposal of generating and issuing biometric PAN in 2006, had kept the decision pending for sometime as it was felt that both the agencies (UIDAI and I-T) would be “duplicating the effort” to reach a common goal—biometrics-based identity.
In 2006, the Ministry had proposed that the biometric PAN cards would have the I-T assessees’ fingerprints (two from each hand) and the face. This will now be achieved by collating the Aadhaar database with that of the PAN.
My only prayer is that to obtain a PAN, an Aadhaar number should not be compulsory.
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