Aadhaar: Zindagi ke saath bhi, zindagi ke baad bhi....

From October 1, Aadhaar will be needed to establish the identity of a deceased person for the registration of their death. However, those applying for death certificates for people without the unique ID can procure them by declaring as much in a certificate. False declarations will be an offence.

According to an official release from the Registrar General of India, the new rule, not mandatory, intends to prevent identity theft and verify the information provided by relatives and acquaintances. “Further, it will obviate the need for producing multiple documents to prove the identity of the deceased person,“ the release said. The Aadhaar ID of applicants (people seeking the death certificate) will also be collected. In case they do not have a UID, they will have to state so.

Asked if the rules added to red tape, a senior official said having the Aadhaar number on death certificates could make the settlement of wills and inheritance easier. “Banks, for instance, will be able to establish the claims of survivors with certitude as UID will establish the identity of the deceased,“ he said.

A reading of the Aadhaar Act indicates that the penalty for a false declaration may be imprisonment of up to one year or fine of up to Rs.25,000.

The provision shall come into effect immediately for residents of all states except J&K, Assam and Meghalaya, for which a date will be notified separately .

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