Aadhaar Needed for Death Certificates
Requirement from Oct 1 expected to stop misuse of govt benefits in the name of deceased
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-