The government has made aadhaar card mandatory for PPF, NSC, KVP with immediate effect. The ministry of finance has already issued separate Gazette notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for opening all post office deposit accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra deposits.
Existing depositors who have not provided Aadhaar number at the time of application for such deposit shall submit their Aadhaar number to the post office savings bank or deposit office concerned, on or before December 31, 2017. The government has insisted on quoting Aadhaar for bank deposits, obtaining mobile phone and several other utilities to weed out benami deals and blackmoney.
“Provided further that every depositor under this scheme who has not given his Aadhaar number at the time of application for such deposit shall submit his Aadhaar number to the Post Office Savings Bank or Accounts Office concerned, on or before the 31st day of December, 2017,” the notifications said.
“Provided that where Aadhaar number has not been assigned, the depositor shall submit proof of application of enrolment for Aadhaar,” the notifications added.
The government has insisted on quoting of Aadhaar for obtaining or maintaining bank accounts, mobile phones (SIMs) and several other utilities to weed out benami deals and black money.
The government had made it mandatory to link Aadhaar to PAN by December 31 and to SIM connections by February 2018.
About 135 schemes, including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertilizer subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA are also reportedly to be linked to the biometric identification.