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It has been clarified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) that most of the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) and Overseas Citizen of India (OCIs) are not entitled to Aadhaar Card issued by the Indian Government to its citizens.
UIDAI has recently issued a circular in view of Aadhar Act, 2016 for laws for submitting and linking of Aadhar Card for availing services applicable to the resident as per the act. The circular specifically stated that the most of the NRIs, PIOs and OCIs may not be entitled for aadhar enrollment under the act but the agencies responsible for implementation may design a mechanism to know the genuine status of such NRIs, PIOs and OCIs.
The circular draws reference to section 3(i) and section 2(v) of the Aadhar Act, 2016 which provides for the entitlement and definition of resident respectively,
Linking of bank accounts and PAN with aadhar card is also for those who are entitled to enroll for aadhar card in accordance with The Prevention of Money Laundering Rules, 2017 and Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
It further suggested that the following two things should be kept in consideration by implementing agencies for seeking Aadhaar as a proof of identity - seek aadhaar card only from those who are eligible to enroll and most NRIs, PIOs and OCIs are not eligible for aadhaar.
The Ministries and Departments have been directed to issue appropriate directions in this regard to the State Government and implementing agencies.