Railways Revokes Aadhaar Card for Senior Citizen’s Concessional Tickets

IRCTC & Mistry of Railways has taken decision to revoke the mandatory requirement to produce Aadhaar Card for reserved tickets for senior citizens. Now Indian Railways cannot deny concessions when booking railway tickets if the Senior Citizen doesn't possess an Aadhaar Card.

Railways Revokes Aadhaar Card for Senior Citizen’s Concessional Tickets

This revocation came just two weeks after the railways had made Aadhaar Verification Mandatory to avail concessional tickets for senior citizens. However to avail concessional tickets the senior citizen will have to produce some proof of ID showing date of birth or age if demanded by the on-board ticket checking staff.

Aadhaar based ticketing system has been immediately withdrawn and it had bought relief to many people who have still not registered their self for Aadhaar.


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NRI Bank Account Holders Should Link Aadhaar before 30th April

The Tax Department of India has passed an order to link Aadhaar Number with Bank Account latest by 30th April 2017 to avoid your account getting blocked.

NRI Bank Account Holders Should Link Aadhaar before 30th April

However the linking of Aadhaar with Bank Account, Insurance or Stock Account is mandatory, only to those who had opened account between July 2014 to August 2015 under the foreign tax compliance act (FATCA).


Before Supreme Court of India had ordered that Aadhaar Card can only be mandatory for various welfare schemes, but now it looks Government is trying to push usage of Aadhaar beyond the Supreme Court Order. Now Aadhaar Card is been asked to file income tax returns, open new bank account and link PAN Card or else it would go invalid.

The deadline given by government to link PAN with Aadhaar Number is July 1st 2017. On other hand Government is trying to widespread the usage of Aadhaar as much as possible to maintain the database of citizens of India so that no fraudulent activities are carried away.

Also Check: Bank Accounts not linked with Aadhaar to be Blocked After 30th April

Charges Charged by UIDAI Aadhaar Kendra for Aadhaar Services

Government of India Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Unique Identification Authority of India has passed an office memorandum. And in which all the various charges are mentioned which will be charged by UIDAI Aadhaar Card Kendra for various Aadhaar Services.

Charges Charged by UIDAI Aadhaar Kendra for Aadhaar Services

Below are the list of all Charges Charged by UIDAI Aadhaar Kendra for Aadhaar Services which will be made effective from 1st January 2017.

Service Type
Assistance Paid to Registrars (Rs.)
Fees Collected from resident by service provider (Rs.)
Aadhaar Generation
50/-
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Mandatory Biometric Update
25/-
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Other Biometric Update
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25/-
Demographic Update (any type any channel)
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25/-
Aadhaar Search using eKYC/ Find Aadhaar/ any other tool and color print out A4 Sheet
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20/-
Aadhaar Search using eKYC/ Find Aadhaar/ any other tool and B/W print out on A4 Sheet
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10/-
BFD/ Status Query
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Free

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Bank Accounts not linked with Aadhaar to be Blocked After 30th April

Income Tax Department of India has made Aadhaar to be linked to Bank Account Mandatory to all those banks accounts, insurance, and stocks opened from July 2014 to August 2015. Those who fail to link Aadhaar Number with their Bank Account/ Insurance or Stocks will get their accounts blocked.

Bank Accounts not linked with Aadhaar to be Blocked After 30th April

All account holders under the ambit of the Foreign Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) signed by India and the United States in July 2015 to weed out tax evaders will have to provide self-certification by submitting KYC details and their Aadhaar Number to Bank by 30th April 2017. In case if self-certifications are not provided till April 2017 the accounts will get blocked which will prohibit account holder from effecting any transaction with respect to such accounts.

On other hand Supreme Court of India has recently ordered Aadhaar Cards can only be used for providing welfare schemes service and not as ID required for general services.

The new finance bill also introduced filing of income tax returns by individuals will have to mention their Aadhaar Number. However the Aadhaar Number will also have to link with PAN Card or else the PAN will also get blocked.

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Aadhaar Privacy Questioned After MS Dhoni's Aadhaar Details Leaked Online

Recently former cricket captain MS Dhoni's Aadhaar Details were leaked online by Aadhaar Enrolment Agency Operator. The Aadhaar Operator had tweeted on twitter the screenshot of MS Dhoni's Aadhaar Enrolment page which made personal details of MS Dhoni to leak online. However the Aadhaar Enrolment Agency Operator has tweeted MS Dhoni's details due to fan moment stating he had prepared Aadhaar of MS Dhoni.

Aadhaar Privacy Questioned After MS Dhoni's Aadhaar Details Leaked Online

But after this incident the question is arising when former cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s are leaked like this, Is Indian Citizens private information safe?

MS Dhoni's Wife Sakshi Dhoni tweeted this incident to Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad but in reply he tweeted "Aadhaar Is Full Secure, As far as I know, no personal information has been leaked but I have still assured his wife that we will take full care that no personal information is leaked".

In the controversial tweet that has since been deleted, the Common Service Centre had said: "Former India Cricket Captain @msdhoni updated his Aadhaar details with a home visit by a CSC VLE. A fan moment for Ahsan Ali." The minister was tagged in that post.

To this tweet Sakshi Dhoni replied No it is not a public property. Does this Tweet divulge any personal information?

And to this Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replied Thanks for bringing this to my notice. Sharing personal information is illegal. Serious action will be taken against this.

Later on to this incident Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad instructed the Aadhaar Enrollment Agency to speak with the employee who had shared picture of MS Dhoni's Aadhaar Details on Twitter and ensure him that such thing will not be repeated in future.

Allegations of data security breach in Aadhaar have been in the headlines lately, UIDAI took decision to suspend the authentication services of Axis Bank over concerns about biometrics data being saved illegally. The rules do not allow anyone to store data taken for Aadhaar.

PAN could go invalid if not linked with Aadhaar Number

PAN Card (Permanent Account Number) could go invalid if it is not linked with Aadhaar Number by 31st December. This step has been taken by government because there are many PAN Cards which are obtained fraudulently and this can be easily checked by linking UID (Aadhaar Number).

PAN could go invalid if not linked with Aadhaar Number

Currently PAN Card is mandatory for all taxpayers to file income tax return but other people like students, or people outside tax bracket still uses this PAN Card as proof of identity document.

As of now 98% of Indian Adult Population holds Aadhaar Card and the time-frame till 31st December is more than enough to link PAN Card with Aadhaar.

About 1.08 billion Indian population has unique identification number which aims to eliminate the distribution of government entitlements and benefits. In past few years Aadhaar has been linked to a spreading list of subsidies and schemes, such as the mid-day meal.

By keeping all things in mind Lok Sabha passed a controversial bill that made Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns or applying for a PAN card. According to the minor changes in the finance bill taxpayer will be unable to file income tax returns from July if they fail to link the Aadhaar Number or show proof of having applying for one.

Learn: How to Link Aadhaar Number with PAN Card

Aadhaar Card mandatory for Mid-day Meals

Recently Congress member K.C. Venugopal recommend the government in the Lok Sabha not to make Aadhaar Card compulsory for students to avail Mid-day Meals. Also in Lok Sabha the issue was highlighted of quality of rice and no proper space for serving food.

Aadhaar Card mandatory for Mid-day Meals

So due to such situations the Ministry of Human Resource Development announced that all cooks and helpers working under mid-day meal scheme and also student s will have to produce Aadhaar Card.

As of now there are 12 crore children’s has been enrolled under Aadhaar Card. Mid-day meal Scheme was been introduced to increase enrolments and attendance of primary education.