In today’s era, you are well aware of the value of Aadhaar as a document. It is essential for any financial or financial work. Aadhaar needs to be attached to everything.
However, there is a new angle now. The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has now invalidated the validity of Aadhaar as a birth certificate. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has made this decision. Based on this, EPFO has recently issued a notification. EPFO has stated in this circular that Aadhaar is not a birth certificate, but primarily an identity verification tool.
Aadhaar Removed from the list of documents
EPFO has stated that it has received a letter from UIDAI, which says that the use of Aadhaar as proof of date of birth needs to be removed from the list of acceptable documents. Keeping this in mind, Aadhaar is being removed from the list. The Central Provident Fund Commissioner (CPFC) has signed the circular.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). This number serves as proof of identity and address throughout India. (New Rules for Withdrawing Money from NPS to be Implemented from February)
Necessary correction in the application software
As per UIDAI’s instructions, Aadhaar was considered proof of date of birth by many people. However, the UIDAI emphasized that Aadhaar is only a proof of identification, not of birth, according to the Aadhaar Act, 2016. EPFO will update its application software as per the new guidelines. The Internal Systems Division (ISD) will make the necessary changes. EPFO has instructed all its offices to fully comply with the updated guidelines.
As per the statistics for the year 2022-23, a total of 136.9 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued.
Significance of Aadhaar
As per the statistics for the year 2022-23, a total of 136.9 crore Aadhaar numbers have been issued. Aadhaar and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) together have resulted in savings of ₹2.73 trillion.
As per the Annual Report 2022-23, the first UID was generated in 2010, while the DBT scheme started in 2012. More than 1700 government schemes or programs (both state and central combined) are linked to Aadhaar so that the benefits can reach the common people directly.
This is why the benefits are transferred directly to the beneficiary’s account.