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Nirmala Sitharaman asked banks to actively promote digital payment methods.(PTI)

Finance minister asks banks to ensure all accounts are linked with Aadhaar by March 2021

Mumbai | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:46 PM IST
She said the financial inclusion story is not over and banks still have inclusion to carry forward. There are many accounts which are not linked with Aadhaar.
A volunteer getting a vaccine shot in Pune’s Bharati Hospital and Research Centre. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
A volunteer getting a vaccine shot in Pune’s Bharati Hospital and Research Centre. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Doctors, MBBS students among 30 crore people to get Covid-19 vaccine first, Aadhaar not mandatory

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 11:31 AM IST
The beneficiaries will be tracked through Aadhaar, but it won’t be mandatory. In case a person doesn’t have an Aadhaar card, any government photo identity will be used.
People stand in a queue outside an Aadhaar service centre to get their Aadhaar cards updated (File Photo/ANI)
People stand in a queue outside an Aadhaar service centre to get their Aadhaar cards updated (File Photo/ANI)

‘Aadhaar PVC’ card: Here’s how you can get yours

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 04:00 PM IST
UIDAI will now allow Aadhaar cards to be reprinted as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) card which will allow people to carry it in their wallets just like ATM or debit cards.
Back from their hometowns, migrants wait to be tested for the Covid-19 at a camp on the outskirts of Mumbai.(Reuters file photo)
Back from their hometowns, migrants wait to be tested for the Covid-19 at a camp on the outskirts of Mumbai.(Reuters file photo)

Aadhaar-‘plus’ on anvil for migrant workforce

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 02:36 AM IST
In a May interview, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman spoke of the difficulty of targeting welfare measures at migrant workers when no one, not the Centre, nor the states, had a database.
Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, during a discussion in the Lower House, argued that the law needed to be updated further to “prevent the misuse of foreign funds” by those who receive it.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Minister of state for home Nityanand Rai, during a discussion in the Lower House, argued that the law needed to be updated further to “prevent the misuse of foreign funds” by those who receive it.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

What the FCRA amendments mean

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2020 11:48 PM IST
The Bill amends the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010 (FCRA 2010) to make several new provisions. The FCRA 2010 has already been amended twice.
(LSTV/Screengrab)
(LSTV/Screengrab)

Lok Sabha passes amendments to FCRA that seek to make Aadhaar mandatory for NGOs to receive foreign funds

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 06:39 PM IST
On getting clearance from the Rajya Sabha and the President, the amended act will empower the government to ask a violator to not use the funds by holding a “summary inquiry”.
Odisha has several welfare schemes run by the government which consume a big portion of its budget.(PTI Photo)
Odisha has several welfare schemes run by the government which consume a big portion of its budget.(PTI Photo)

Odisha plans social registry to weed out ghost beneficiaries using Aadhaar

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:06 PM IST
The state government plans to use Aadhaar data and bank account details to weed out ineligible beneficiaries of welfare schemes.
The Aadhaar verification or Aadhaar seeding of the database of beneficiaries of social security schemes had managed to seed around 82 percent NSAP and 75 percent MBPY beneficiaries.
The Aadhaar verification or Aadhaar seeding of the database of beneficiaries of social security schemes had managed to seed around 82 percent NSAP and 75 percent MBPY beneficiaries.

Odisha withdraws order that made Aadhaar mandatory for pensions

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 08:14 PM IST
The Odisha government had earlier decided to make Aadhaar verification mandatory for all people who were availing monthly social security pension from August.
the gang created stamps in the name of some gazetted officers and issued fake birth certificates to these women. Later, the gang uploaded these certificates along with the Aadhaar data updating request forms so that they would get fresh Aadhaar cards. (Photo@APPOLICE100)
the gang created stamps in the name of some gazetted officers and issued fake birth certificates to these women. Later, the gang uploaded these certificates along with the Aadhaar data updating request forms so that they would get fresh Aadhaar cards. (Photo@APPOLICE100)

Andhra police bust fake Aadhaar racket, arrest eight

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2020 12:02 AM IST
The police said the accused had lured gullible women by promising them monetary benefits under government schemes like YSR Cheyutha and YSR pension schemes.
A PAN and Aadhaar linkage will help tax officials to keep a tab on tax evaders, officials said.(HT File Photo)
A PAN and Aadhaar linkage will help tax officials to keep a tab on tax evaders, officials said.(HT File Photo)

180 million PANs may be defunct without Aadhaar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 06:55 AM IST
The govt may track expenditure patterns of individuals who spend large sums on luxuries but underreport income
Homeless persons and stranded migrant workers queue up to receive food in designated spots maintaining social distancing at Ramakrishna Ashram, in New Delhi on March 27, 2020.(Vipin Kumar / HT File Photo)
Homeless persons and stranded migrant workers queue up to receive food in designated spots maintaining social distancing at Ramakrishna Ashram, in New Delhi on March 27, 2020.(Vipin Kumar / HT File Photo)

Only quarter percent of 80 million migrants got govt food aid

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq and Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 10:02 AM IST
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had in May announced providing 800,000 tonne of emergency ration to the estimated 80 million migrants under the Union government’s Atma Nirbhar Bharat programme for distribution during May and June.
Urban housing minister Hardeep Puri said they’ve been constantly monitoring flagship programmes.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)
Urban housing minister Hardeep Puri said they’ve been constantly monitoring flagship programmes.(Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Housing ministry ranked best in ensuring direct benefit transfers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 04:34 AM IST
In the end-to-end digitisation category, the department of youth affairs pipped the housing ministry to the top spot.
FDA commissioner Arun Unhale confirmed that random checks at hospitals and medical stores have already started.(AFP)
FDA commissioner Arun Unhale confirmed that random checks at hospitals and medical stores have already started.(AFP)

Aadhaar, prescription, Covid test report mandatory for buying drugs

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 01:45 AM IST
State home minister Anil Deshmukh and food and drug administration (FDA) minister Dr Rajendra Shingne held a meeting on Friday to regulate the distribution remdesivir and tocilizumab following complaints of the drugs being illegally hoarded and traded in the black market.
The mobile sample collection vans would be sent to various places like bus stands, railway stations, airports and inter-state borders so that samples from people coming from other states and countries would be collected. (HT Photo)
The mobile sample collection vans would be sent to various places like bus stands, railway stations, airports and inter-state borders so that samples from people coming from other states and countries would be collected. (HT Photo)

Andhra launches mobile Covid-19 sample collection centres, Aadhaar must

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 06:33 PM IST
State nodal officer for Covid-19 Dr Arja Sreekanth said the state medical and health department has acquired 20 mobile sample collection centres, which would be increased by another 50 shortly to meet the growing demand for testing.
The date for linking Aadhaar with PAN has also been extended to March 31, 2021.(File photo)
The date for linking Aadhaar with PAN has also been extended to March 31, 2021.(File photo)

Centre extends deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 12:51 AM IST
The central government also extended the deadline for filing revised income-tax returns (ITR) for 2018-19 fiscal till July 31, 2020
The CBDT clarified that there will be no extension of date for the payment of self-assessment tax for the taxpayers having self-assessment tax liability exceeding Rs. 1 lakh.(REUTERS)
The CBDT clarified that there will be no extension of date for the payment of self-assessment tax for the taxpayers having self-assessment tax liability exceeding Rs. 1 lakh.(REUTERS)

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Centre extends time limits for tax compliances

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sabir Hussain
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 09:11 PM IST
The time for filing of original as well as revised income-tax returns for the FY 2018-19 (AY 2019-20) has been extended to July 31, 2020, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.
The bank will issue basic personalised RuPay ATM-cum-debit card to all the new account holders of insta saving bank accounts.(Mint)
The bank will issue basic personalised RuPay ATM-cum-debit card to all the new account holders of insta saving bank accounts.(Mint)

SBI relaunches Aadhaar-based online savings account opening facility

Mumbai, Maharashtra | By Press Trust of India | Posted by:Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2020 04:17 PM IST
The ‘insta savings bank account’ will offer a complete paperless and instant digital savings account opening with just PAN and Aadhaar number, the bank said in a release.
The Aadhaar scheme was first challenged in the Supreme Court in 2012 on the grounds that it lacked statutory backing and invaded the right to privacy.
The Aadhaar scheme was first challenged in the Supreme Court in 2012 on the grounds that it lacked statutory backing and invaded the right to privacy.

SC to hear pleas challenging Aadhaar verdict on June 9

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 04:23 AM IST
In its judgment on September 26, 2018, the top court had by a 4-1 majority affirmed the constitutionality of the 12-digit unique identity scheme and the Aadhaar Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services Act, 2016 (Aadhaar Act).
On successful completion of the process, a 15-digit acknowledgment number is generated.(IT dept)
On successful completion of the process, a 15-digit acknowledgment number is generated.(IT dept)

FM launches instant allotment of e-PAN based on Aadhaar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Harshita Singh
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 07:23 PM IST
In a statement, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday formally launched the facility for instant allotment of PAN (on near to real time basis).
The average usage of Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS) doubled to 11.3 million per day during the lockdown period(File photo)
The average usage of Aadhaar-enabled payment system (AePS) doubled to 11.3 million per day during the lockdown period(File photo)

Daily usage of Aadhaar-enabled payment system doubles to 11.3 million in lockdown

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 08:08 PM IST
The government has so far disbursed Rs 32,300 crore in bank accounts of 34 crore beneficiaries since the launch of Rs 1.7 lakh crore welfare scheme under PMGKY on March 26.
Aadhaar cards are linked to the government’s ambitious digital India mission.(AFP Photo)
Aadhaar cards are linked to the government’s ambitious digital India mission.(AFP Photo)

Aadhaar cards can now also be updated at 20,000 CSCs in a major relief to rural citizens

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2020 09:12 PM IST
Aadhaar identification cards are now used for various purposes including direct benefits transfer by the government.
The move is aimed at checking laundering of funds into insurance companies and shell companies.(Reuters file photo)
The move is aimed at checking laundering of funds into insurance companies and shell companies.(Reuters file photo)

29 insurance companies, 9 securities-related entities can collect Aadhaar for KYC: Here’s the list

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 12:09 AM IST
The finance ministry has allowed 29 insurance companies and 9 securities entities to collect Aadhaar for the purpose of know your customer (KYC), a move aimed at checking money laundering and routing investments into shell companies.
FM Nirmala Sitharaman(Screengrab)
FM Nirmala Sitharaman(Screengrab)

Aadhaar-PAN linking deadline extended to June 30: Nirmala Sitharaman

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 02:51 PM IST
The deadline for linking Permanent Account Number card to Aadhaar was extended by the Income Tax department to March 31 earlier—the eighth time that an extension was made.

Govt extends tax deadline till June 30 in view of lockdown due to coronavirus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2020 02:54 PM IST
The Covid-19 cases increased to 492 in the country on Tuesday. Much of the country is locked down to check the spread of the disease that has claimed more than 14,500 lives globally.
The department had last month said Permanent Account Number (PAN) will become “inoperative” if it is not linked with Aadhaar by this date.(AFP)
The department had last month said Permanent Account Number (PAN) will become “inoperative” if it is not linked with Aadhaar by this date.(AFP)

Don’t miss March 31 deadline for linking PAN-Aadhaar: I-T Dept

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 04:51 PM IST
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the I-T department, had extended the deadline for this task for the eighth time on December 30 last year.
Union home minister Amit Shah replied to the debate on the Delhi riots in Rajya Sabha on Thursday evening.(PTI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah replied to the debate on the Delhi riots in Rajya Sabha on Thursday evening.(PTI Photo)

‘Not using Aadhaar to identify Delhi riots culprits’: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2020 08:01 PM IST
Amit Shah also dismissed concerns expressed over the privacy of the UIDAI data and asked if the question of privacy should be entertained when several people had lost lives and homes in the riots.
Ashok Lavasa(File photo)
Ashok Lavasa(File photo)

‘Lack of Aadhaar won’t affect voting rights,’ says Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2020 05:37 AM IST
Lavasa’s remarks come in the wake of the law ministry giving its in-principle approval to the EC’s proposal to link Aadhaar with voter ID cards.
Around 17 crore PAN cards risk being useless unless linked to Aadhaar within the last date of March 31. (Mint)
Around 17 crore PAN cards risk being useless unless linked to Aadhaar within the last date of March 31. (Mint)

PAN card holders could be fined Rs 10,000 for not linking it with Aadhaar

Live Mint, New Delhi | By Nikhil Agarwal
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2020 11:27 AM IST
At the face of it, using PAN card as an ID proof for non-tax related purposes like opening a bank account or applying for a driving licence should not attract a penalty.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has accused the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) of abusing its power after than 100 people in Hyderabad were issued notices to verify their Aadhaar enrolment documents.(Representative photo/Getty Images)
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has accused the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) of abusing its power after than 100 people in Hyderabad were issued notices to verify their Aadhaar enrolment documents.(Representative photo/Getty Images)
On the proposal to link the electoral list with the 12-digit biometric number, the law secretary is said to have given a favourable opinion and assured the ECI that a cabinet note would soon be prepared to change the two laws - the Representation of People’s Act and Aadhaar law.(AFP file photo)
On the proposal to link the electoral list with the 12-digit biometric number, the law secretary is said to have given a favourable opinion and assured the ECI that a cabinet note would soon be prepared to change the two laws - the Representation of People’s Act and Aadhaar law.(AFP file photo)

Govt plan to amend law to link Aadhaar to voters’ list is on track, EC told

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 11:30 AM IST
The ministry communicated this to senior ECI officials during deliberations held on Tuesday with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and election commissioners, Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa.
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