Aad­haar Needed for Death Cer­tifi­cates

Re­quire­ment from Oct 1 ex­pected to stop mis­use of govt ben­e­fits in the name of de­ceased

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Our Bureau

New Delhi: Start­ing Oc­to­ber 1, death cer­tifi­cates will need to have the per­son’s Aad­haar num­ber “for the pur­pose of es­tab­lish­ing the iden­tity of the de­ceased.” This comes as more than 1.16 bil­lion peo­ple, and nearly ev­ery adult, has been en­rolled in Aad­haar, the sub­ject of a vig­or­ous de­bate on pri­vacy.

The Reg­is­trar Gen­eral of In­dia (RGI) has sent a no­ti­fi­ca­tion re­gard­ing the death cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to all states apart from As­sam, Jammu and Kash­mir and Megha­laya.

Top of­fi­cials said the step has been taken to avoid ben­e­fits or sub­si­dies be­ing claimed in the name of dead peo­ple. More than 300 schemes in­volv­ing a sub­sidy or a ben­e­fit have been linked to Aad­haar with nearly .₹ 6,600 crore be­ing paid out ev­ery month through di­rect ben­e­fit trans­fers (DBT). Cur­rently, any iden­tity proof of the de­ceased can be fur­nished while ap-

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