Five days left for banks to set up Aadhaar centres

Many telecom companies have asked their customers to finish the process of linking Aadhaar card with mobile number citing government directive. In Bengaluru, the government has closed down many centres following complaints of malpractice, and the slow pace of addition of new centres has led to long queues at the fewer centres that are operational.

Aadhaar number has to be provided for all social security schemes by December 31, 2017.

Aadhaar is based on biometrics-based data.

A mobile app from UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India on which a person can download his/her Aadhaar Card.

The government has mandated the linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts by December 31, 2017, failing which bank accounts will be declared inoperable. The deadline of the same has been extended to August 31.

In case a mobile number is not registered with Aadhaar, cardholders may visit the nearest Enrolment Centre/Mobile Update endpoint to get it registered. They had earlier instructed their customers to start the process of linking their Aadhaar card numbers with phone numbers.

The UIDAI recently took to their Twitter handle to share information regarding the recruitment and invited applications from “young professionals to join Aadhaar team”.

Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI in a PTI report said, “Bank Aadhaar Kendras are being established with a view to make the Aadhaar verification process of bank accounts convenient for the people as it has become mandatory under amended Prevention of Money Laundering Rules to verify bank accounts with Aadhaar by December 31, 2017”.

The government has made it mandatory for all banks and financial institutions to mention the Aadhaar details of clients in the KYC (Know your Customer) document.

The users can active one Aadhaar profile at a time on the app. “It (Aadhaar-Licence linking) would be done soon to check the menace of multiple licensing”, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.

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