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13 Mar 2019

All the questions around Aadhaar, answered

A guide to FAQs around Aadhaar

Lately, there has been a lot of confusion about the status of Aadhaar card as a valid document proof.

This comes as a result of the constant debate around the authenticity of Aadhaar, and more so, due to the September 26 Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar.

Here, we clear all the doubts by answering the most frequently asked questions around Aadhaar.

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A guide to FAQs around Aadhaar
Can UIDAI track my activities?

Tracking

Can UIDAI track my activities?

UIDAI keeps only the basic information of the users, viz. name, address, gender, DoB, mobile number, Email ID, finger prints, iris scans, and facial photograph.

However, it does not keep the following in its database: information of sensitive nature such as bank account details, shares, mutual funds, financial and property details, health records, family, caste, religion, education etc.

Will UIDAI receive my bank/shares/MF details upon linking with Aadhaar?

When you link your Aadhaar with your bank account, shares, or Mutual Fund account, these organizations only send your name, biometrics, Aadhaar credentials, etc. to the UIDAI, and not your bank/MF/share details.

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SC verdict

What was the latest Supreme Court verdict on Aadhaar?

On September 26, 2018, a five-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra, struck down some provisions relating to authentication of the Aadhaar program, and the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act.

This disarmed private entities like banks, telecom operators, and e-wallet service providers from asking you to furnish your Aadhaar information in order to avail their services.

After the SC judgement, is Aadhaar still mandatory?

New status

After the SC judgement, is Aadhaar still mandatory?

Aadhaar is still mandatory for the following services:

PAN: The linkage of PAN and Aadhaar continues to be mandatory, under Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.

I-T Returns: Since Aadhaar-PAN linking is still mandatory, one will need their Aadhaar card at the time of filing of Income Tax returns.

Welfare schemes: Aadhaar is also mandatory for availing various government-run welfare schemes and for grant of subsidies.

Not mandatory

What services is Aadhaar no longer mandatory for?

Aadhaar is no longer mandatory for these services:

Bank account: After the SC verdict, one does not need to link Aadhaar with their new/existing bank accounts.

Mobile connection: After the scrapping of Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, private companies like telecom operators can no longer ask users to link their Aadhaar with SIM cards.

Schools/Exams: Aadhaar is no longer mandatory to register for tests like NEET, UGC and CBSE Board exams.

Is e-Aadhaar equally valid as the Aadhaar card?

eAadhaar

Is e-Aadhaar equally valid as the Aadhaar card?

According to the UIDAI, eAadhaar, ie. the electronically downloaded Aadhaar is an equally valid document as the original Aadhaar issued by UIDAI.

Both these documents are accepted by all concerned agencies.

If any organization or agency refuses to accept eAadhaar as a valid document, a complaint can be lodged in this regard with the higher authorities at the concerned department/agency.

Has there ever been a case of Aadhaar data-breach?

As per the UIDAI, all stories around Aadhaar data breach are cases of misreporting. The Aadhaar-issuing agency claims that Aadhaar data has never been breached, and that they use advanced security technologies to keep your data safe.

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Most asked questions

What documents are required for change surname and add spouse name in aadhaar card?

Is linking PAN and Aadhaar mandatory for all?

Is it mandatory to link PAN and Aadhaar?

I lost my Aadhaar card. How to renew it?

How can I get duplicate copy of my lost Aadhaar card?

Can Aadhaar card be used an address proof?

Is Aadhaar card needed to open a bank account?

How to update surname in Aadhaar after marriage?

How can I update my wife's surname in Aadhaar card after marriage?

How to update mobile number in Aadhaar card?

Do minors need to update Aadhaar card?

More questions

What documents are required for change surname and add spouse name in aadhaar card?

Asked on 15-03-2019 by deepika sahu

Answered by NewsBytes

To change name in Aadhaar card post marriage, you'll require a proof of identity, proof of address, and marriage certificate.

Is linking PAN and Aadhaar mandatory for all?

Asked on 15-03-2019 by Gia F

Answered by NewsBytes

All taxpayers need to link PAN and Aadhaar, because the linkage is mandatory to file Income tax returns, under Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, as ruled by the Supreme Court.

Is it mandatory to link PAN and Aadhaar?

Asked on 15-03-2019 by Gia F

Answered by NewsBytes

Under Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, it is mandatory to link PAN and Aadhaar in order to file Income tax returns.

I lost my Aadhaar card. How to renew it?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by anand comedy a

Answered by NewsBytes

In order to retrieve lost Aadhaar card, log on to the official UIDAI website. Head to 'My Aadhaar' drop-down menu, and click on 'Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID' link, under the 'Aadhaar services' section. Next, under the required details. Click on 'Send OTP.' Next, enter and verify the OTP. Your Aadhaar number will be sent on your e-mail and mobile number.

How can I get duplicate copy of my lost Aadhaar card?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by Raam Pimple

Answered by NewsBytes

In order to retrieve lost Aadhaar card, log on to the official UIDAI website. Head to 'My Aadhaar' drop-down menu, and click on 'Retrieve Lost or Forgotten EID/UID' link, under the 'Aadhaar services' section. Next, under the required details. Click on 'Send OTP.' Next, enter and verify the OTP. Your Aadhaar number will be sent on your e-mail and mobile number.

Can Aadhaar card be used an address proof?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by Eric Naulak

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, Aadhaar card with your full residential address, can be used as a valid proof of address.

Is Aadhaar card needed to open a bank account?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by Dharmaraj Jeyanthi

Answered by NewsBytes

No, Aadhaar is not mandatory to open a bank account.

How to update surname in Aadhaar after marriage?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by Tithi Karmakar

Answered by NewsBytes

To update surname in Aadhaar after marriage, visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Center and fill up an Aadhaar update/correction form, and submit the same along with the necessary documents and prescribed fee.

How can I update my wife's surname in Aadhaar card after marriage?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by Smarty Verma

Answered by NewsBytes

To update surname in Aadhaar card after marriage, visit your nearest Aadhaar Enrolment Center and fill up an Aadhaar update/correction form, and submit the same along with the necessary documents and prescribed fee.

How to update mobile number in Aadhaar card?

Asked on 14-03-2019 by Aparna Samal

Answered by NewsBytes

To update your mobile number in Aadhaar card, visit your nearest Aadhaar enrolment center. Take an Aadhaar update/correction form, fill it up, attach necessary documents, and submit along with the prescribed fee.

Do minors need to update Aadhaar card?

Asked on 13-03-2019 by Ashish Kunvar

Answered by NewsBytes

Aadhaar cards of minors need to be updated at two stages, viz. when the child attains age of 5 and 15.

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