The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday made Aadhaar numbers mandatory for the registration of death with effect from October 1, 2017.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement said that if a person applying for the death certificate is not aware of the Aadhaar number or Aadhaar enrolment ID Number (EID) of the deceased, they would be required to provide a certificate that the deceased person does not possess Aadhaar number to the best of her or his knowledge.

“Applicant’s Aadhaar number shall also be collected along with the Aadhaar number of the spouse or parents,” the ministry said.

Announcement from the MHA is mandatory for all states except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya, for which a date will be notified separately.

Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act 2016 permits the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose pursuant to any law or any contract to this effect.

The registration of births and deaths are being done under the provisions of Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969 and the corresponding rules made by state governments.

Recently, the government has made Aadhaar mandatory for opening of bank accounts as well as for any financial transaction of Rs. 50,000 and above.

(With inputs from agencies)