Why Aadhaar card linking with PAN, bank account is mandatory for every Indians

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New Delhi : Aadhaar, the 12-digit biometric ID is an important official document for every citizen of India. It is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). These days, linking Aadhaar with various services such as Permanent Account Number (PAN) issued by Income Tax Department, bank account number, mobile number, Universal Account Number (UAN) issued by the Employers Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), and several other official services have become mandatory for all of us. 

But, many people question why government intend to link Aadhaar with the aforementioned services. The answer behind the common query is that there are list of government services which can be availed by linking Aadhaar number.

Earlier in September 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and categorised a set of services where Aadhaar linking is not mandatory such as bank account, mobile number, and Aadhaar will no longer be compulsorily required for appearing in UGC, NEET and CBSE examinations, school admissions. Also, the apex court has said that no private entity can ask for Aadhaar and government can’t disclose the Aadhaar details of an individual on the grounds of national security.

Benefits of linking Aadhaar with PAN, bank accounts, mobile number and other services

Aadhaar-PAN Card linking: The linking of Aadhaar card with PAN card is still mandatory under the Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act as tax evaders can easily avoid taxes by creating multiple PAN cards to avoid taxes.

Aadhaar for government welfare scheme: Aadhaar card is necessarily required to avail the benefits of welfare schemes and subsidies aided by the government.

Aadhaar for filing income tax returns: With the compulsion to link Aadhaar card with PAN card, Aadhaar continues to be mandatory for filing income tax returns also.

However, there is no official confirmation from the EPF and several other organisations whether Aadhaar is required or not. Let's see what comes up next!