The Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to Indian residents is becoming increasingly important. The government recently made it mandatory to mention the Aadhaar number to file income tax returns.
You have to link your Permanent Account Number (PAN) with your Aadhaar card. Hence it is critical to ensure that your Aadhaar is active.
Deactivated Aadhar card
The Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, said on 11 August that till now 8.1 million Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated. He also told that the guidelines for deactivation of Aadhaar card are stated in sections 27 and 28 of the Aadhaar (Enrollment and Update) Regulations, 2016.
Section 27 specifies rules for cancellation of Aadhaar card. The Aadhaar number of an Aadhaar number holder shall be cancelled if it is established that more than one Aadhaar numbers have been issued to the same person. In this case, the Aadhaar number assigned from the earlier enrollment shall be retained, and all subsequent Aadhaar numbers shall be cancelled.
Your Aadhaar can also get cancelled if the core biometric information was not captured during enrollment, or if the enrollment had been wrongly carried out as a ‘biometric exception’ case, or if an adult had been enrolled as a child below 5 years, to avoid capturing of biometric information or any other case where enrollment appears fraudulent to the Aadhaar authority. Upon cancellation, services that are provided by the authority to the Aadhaar number holder are discontinued.
Section 28 details the cases where Aadhaar would be deactivated. At the time of enrollment, if an existing photograph is used instead of capturing a fresh one, your Aadhaar can get deactivated. Also, if the authority finds at a later stage that enrollment had been carried out without valid supporting documents, the Aadhaar number can be deactivated till it is updated by the holder after furnishing valid supporting documents.
Aadhaar card can also get deactivated if the system finds mixed or anomalous biometric information, multiple names in the single name (using ‘urf’ or ‘alias’). Upon deactivation, services that are provided by the authority to the Aadhaar number holder are discontinued temporarily till Aadhaar holder updates or rectifies the information.
Checking for Deavtivation
It takes a few simple steps to verify if your Aadhaar is active. Visit the UIDAI portal uidai.gov.in and under the ‘Aadhaar Services’ tab on the home page, you will find the ‘Verify Aadhaar Number’ link. you will transfer to the page where you check your aadhaar card status.
If your Aadhaar is active, it will show a message displaying that your 12-digit Aadhaar number exists.
On the other hand, if a number does not exist, the message will say it does not exist. This means you will need to visit an Aadhaar enrolment or update centre to update the information that is missing.
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