The Centre on Friday exempted NRIs, senior citizens and residents of Jammu and Kashmir as well as certain northeastern states from having to mandatorily quote their Aadhaar number to obtain PAN cards and file income tax returns.
While presenting the Union Budget 2017-18, the government had inserted Section 139AA in the Income Tax Act to make the unique identity number compulsory for filing income tax returns and obtaining PAN card numbers from July. However, a notification issued by the government has now exempted residents of Assam, Jammu & Kashmir and Meghalaya, non-resident Indians and those above 80 years of age from the rule.
Government officials said this was done because many people in the three states are yet to get Aadhaar cards, and there was a dearth of agencies to collect the data.
The notification comes at a time when a case challenging the mandatory use of Aadhaar for such services is still pending in the country’s apex court.