The Modi Government in the last nine months has taken some bold decisions to prevent any kind of fraud from bringing disrepute to the nation. It had all started off with the Demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, last year in the month of November, followed by linking Bank Accounts and PAN Numbers with the individuals’ Aadhaar Numbers and now the Central Government has made, furnishing the Aadhaar number of a deceased person, a necessity for registration of death from October 1.
What’s The Story?
The news of Aadhaar number made mandatory for issuance of death certificates broke on Friday, 4th of August through a notification by the office of the registrar general, which functions under Home Ministry. It said that an applicant is required to provide the Aadhaar Number or the Enrolment ID Number of the deceased and other details as sought in the application for a death certificate.
The notification had also mentioned that in case the applicant is not aware of the Aadhaar or EID Number of the deceased, he or she has to provide a certificate where it would be clearly mentioned that the deceased person did not possess Aadhaar number to the best of his or her knowledge.
What’s The Purpose?
The question is, why has the Government come up with a bizarre idea. The answer lies in the notification itself. The primary reason for making Aadhaar number mandatory for issuing death certificates is to make sure the details furnished by the family members regarding the dependents and acquaintances are accurate.
The Government believes that it will go a long way in preventing identity frauds and also help in recording the identity of the deceased person. People could do away from producing multiple documents as a part of identification purpose for the departed soul, thereby making things hassle-free for themselves.
Assam, Meghalaya And Jammu And Kashmir Not Part Of It
The directive from the Home Ministry is applicable for all the States and Union Territories, which are required to abide by the rules and send a confirmation by 1st September, with only Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya, where a separate National Population Register (NPR) operates rather than Aadhaar.
The notification has come up with a warning that, any false declaration on the part of the applicant or any attempt to conceal the Aadhaar number would be treated “as an offence” according to the provisions of the Aadhaar Act and the Registration of Birth and Death Act.
Government Clarifies And Cites Out The Benefits
This decision of the Central Government had evoked a vigorous debate on privacy of around 1.16 billion people who has been enrolled in Aadhaar. Ministry officials have clarified that providing Aadhaar number is not ‘mandatory’ but it’s ‘required’ for registration of death from October 1.
The top officials said that the step has been taken to avoid benefits and subsidies being claimed in the name of dead people. There are more than 300 schemes in the form of subsides or benefits, linked to Aadhaar with almost Rs 6600 crore being paid out every month through Direct Benefit Transfers. The rule would ensure that a bulk amount gets saved from being leaked out, which in turn could be used by the Government for development purposes, thereby helping the nation to grow.
The fact that the person applying for the death certificate is also required to provide his or her Aadhaar details, brings forth complete transparency into the proceedings.
As Aadhaar numbers are linked to the bank accounts, furnishing the details would enable the bank to close the account of the deceased, thereby allowing the legal heirs to claim the amount. This will eliminate the chances of property disputes as money would go into the hands of the right persons.