Aadhaar Card is a 12 digit unique identification number that is issued to all residents of India. The Aadhaar card is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Any resident of India, irrespective of gender and age, can apply for an Aadhaar card. As of March 19, 2018, 1.205 billion Aadhaar cards have been generated. The government has made it mandatory to link the Aadhaar card with various schemes and instruments. The government uses Aadhaar cards to streamline their welfare delivery mechanism which ensures transparency and good governance.
Having an Aadhaar card has become mandatory for all residents of India. Everything from PAN cards, bank accounts, mobile numbers, and much more has to be linked to your Aadhaar card. The government is pushing everyone towards getting an Aadhaar card. This will help the government in many ways which are described below.
Benefits and Uses of Aadhaar Card
Aadhaar card has a number of benefits that will make life easier for the people of India as well as the government. Once all your government accounts and schemes are linked it will be so much easier to track all activities. Aadhaar card has multiple benefits for the citizens of India. The benefits and uses of the Aadhaar card are listed below.
Getting Your Passport Quickly
Using an Aadhaar card, it is so much easier to get your passport. You can apply for a passport using your Aadhaar card and get it within 10 days. Police verification will take place afterward.
All you need is your Aadhaar card as an identity proof as well as an address proof while applying for a passport. This results in a hassle-free and quick passport approval process.
Instant Bank Account Opening
All banks accept Aadhaar card as a valid proof of your identity and your address. So you don’t have to worry about submitting multiple documents and waiting for the documents to be verified. All you need is your Aadhaar card which can help you in creating a bank account instantly.
Jan Dhan Yojana
The Jan Dhan Yojana aims to provide everyone with financial services at an affordable cost. You can open a zero balance account, get an interest on deposits, get accidental insurance cover, and much more. The best part is that you can open an account with just one document, i.e. your Aadhaar card. This is highly beneficial for the rural population as they can open bank accounts and avail all the financial services provided by banks.
With the linking of your Aadhaar card with your LPG provider, you can get the LPG subsidy directly into your bank account. The Direct Benefits Transfer LPG scheme makes the process of receiving the subsidy so much easier.
Getting Your Monthly Pension
Getting your monthly pension has become so much easier. All you have to do is register your Aadhaar card with your department in order to receive the monthly pension. This makes the process of receiving pension extremely transparent and quick. This way, you or your beneficiary will receive the pension without any hassle.
Just like getting your pension, you can register your Aadhaar card with your Employee Provident Fund Organization. This way, you can get your Provident Fund amount directly into your account. This helps in saving time and ensures quick and transparent disbursement of Provident Fund.
Digital Life Certificate
The digital life certificate a.k.a. ‘Jeevan Pramaan for Pensioners’ is an Aadhaar linked certificate which eliminates the need for pensioners to be physically present at the Pension Disbursing Agency to avail the pension. With the help of the Aadhaar card, all the details of the pensioner can be accessed digitally and the pensioner does not have to leave his home.
Voter Card Linking
Linking the Aadhaar Card with the Voter ID card has helped in preventing misuse of multiple Voter ID cards and hs helped in eliminating bogus voters. With the linking, you have to provide your Aadhaar card details while voting. Since each Aadhaar card number is unique, it is impossible to cast multiple votes.
DigiLocker is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents. Indian citizens who sign up for a DigiLocker account get a dedicated cloud storage space that is linked to their Aadhaar (UIDAI) number. After signing up for Digi Locker with your Aadhaar card you get the following benefits:
- You can access your digital documents anytime, anywhere and share it online.
- Reduction of administrative overhead for the government departments
- Easier to validate the authenticity of documents
- Self-uploaded documents can be digitally signed using the eSign facility (which is similar to the process of self-attestation)
You can open a Digital Locker, by clicking here.
Acceptance by SEBI
The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), now accepts Aadhaar card as an address and identity proof. Thus, if you have any work with SEBI, you can simply use your Aadhaar card.
Mobile Number Verification
It is now mandatory to link your Aadhaar card to your mobile number. This helps in keeping track of the number of mobile connections used by one person. This will prevent the use of multiple phone numbers by one person for illegal uses. If you don’t link your mobile number with Aadhaar card, your mobile connection will be deactivated.
PAN Card and Income Tax Returns
The Income Tax Department has made it mandatory to link your Aadhaar card to the PAN card. You can verify your income tax returns using the Aadhaar card once it is linked. This is a simple and easy way to check your Income tax returns. You can easily link your Aadhaar card to your PAN card by clicking here. All you need to provide is your PAN details, Aadhaar number, and your name as per Aadhaar card. It is that simple!
Academic Scholarship Registration
Students can now register for academic scholarships on the national scholarship portal by using their Aadhaar card. Students who are having Aadhaar number are advised to register with Aadhaar number as preference will be given to Aadhaar seeded eligible students at the time of scholarship disbursement. This will enable in directly crediting scholarship amount to student Aadhaar linked bank account through Aadhaar Payment Bridge (ABP) in fast track mode.