The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said Aadhaar as an identity document was not applicable to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs).
While stating this on Wednesday, a spokesman of Haryana Electronics and Information Technology Department said that a circular issued by the UIDAI stated, “Aadhaar as an identity document which may be sought only from those who are eligible for it as per the Aadhaar Act, 2016.”
The spokesman said that most of the NRIs, PIOs and OCIs may not be eligible for the Aadhaar enrollment as per the Act. Aadhaar is the 12-digit Unique Identity Number (also known as Aadhaar number) as well as Aadhaar card issued by the UIDAI.
Several representations have been received from individuals such as NRIs, PIOs and OCIs informing about difficulties being faced by them on demand of Aadhaar by respective authorities in respect of various services and benefits.
He said that it has been brought to the notice that some of the departments and implementing agencies concerned are insisting the NRIs, PIOs and OCIs to submit or link their Aadhaar for availing the services and benefits that are directly or indirectly connected with them regardless of the fact that they may not be entitled for Aadhaar.