What are the benefits of Aadhaar Card
Aadhaar Card scheme was started by the Indian government in 2009 with the aim to allocate a universally accepted identity to every citizen in India. To make the Aadhaar enrolment process easier, the government is now also accepting Aadhaar applications online via UIDAI website. More and more people are being enrolled in the program.
Aadhaar Card has already been made mandatory by the government to leverage the benefits of various schemes. In this article, you will get to know about several benefits and uses of Aadhaar.
Benefits of Aadhaar Card
Below is the list of most important benefits of Aadhaar.
Your Aadhaar card is one of the very few documents that has your name, date of birth, photo, present address and phone number on it. So, it can be used as a proof of address, identity, Date of Birth and age and many other things. This card is accepted by the banks, financial institutions, and government departments as a valid proof of the holder’s identity.
Direct LPG & Other Subsidy Transfer
Your Aadhaar number, once linked to your LPG consumer number, can be used to receive LPG subsidy amount directly to your linked bank account. The scheme named as PAHAL allows LPG users to link their bank accounts or Aadhaar numbers to the LPG number to receive benefits in the account.
The Aadhaar card can also be used to enjoy the benefits of various other government subsidies without having to apply individually for them.
Easy to get & track
With the e-Aadhaar facility, it has become very easy for anyone to apply for a new Aadhaar and track its status online. You need not to go anywhere physically to get one. You can apply online and even download the Aadhaar card online once it is generated.
PM Jan Dhan Yojana
Many of the popular union government schemes including Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) can only be accessed via an Aadhaar card. Your Aadhaar card allows you to open a zero balance savings accounts with any bank under the PMJDY scheme. There are many other benefits such as free life and accident insurance, RuPay card, and more.
New Bank Accounts
Aadhaar is now being accepted as a common KYC, identity and address proof document while opening a new bank account with a bank in India. Most banks will ask you to link or provide Aadhaar card for opening an account. Without it, you will have to submit multiple others documents as proof.
Fast Passport acquisition
With your Aadhaar card, you can now get a new passport in only 10 days. The new passport application process allows you to skip the police verification step for a later date only if you are providing Aadhaar card as a supporting document. Before this, the passport acquisition process used to take up to 3 months. The government is also planning to make it compulsory to have an Aadhaar number to get a new passport.
Digital Life certificate and Monthly Pension
The Digital Life certificate or Jeevan Praman for Pensioners scheme was started by the Prime Minister of India as a way to avoid the need to be present physically for a pensioner to receive his/her pension. Pensioners can use this certificate to receive their pension directly into their bank accounts through their Aadhaar numbers.
The registration of your Aadhaar number with your respective departments will ensure timely payment of the pension amounts.
This scheme was launched by the government of India to provide a secure online way for the Indian citizens to store their important records and documents. A person needs to have 12-digit Aadhaar number to sign-up for a DigiLocker account.
Now, you can also link your Aadhaar number with your PAN (Permanent Account Number). It has many benefits like it prevents a person from having or using more than one PAN card. It also makes the ITR filing and returns easy by directly linking to your bank account. It also helps the government in identifying tax evaders, an important step in our fight against corruption.
Voter ID linking
UIDAI and the Election Commission of India have now made it compulsory for any new voter ID to be linked to the respective Aadhaar number. They are also requesting the existing voter ID card holders to link their cards with their Aadhaar. It has several benefits, including the elimination of fake voters and no more allotment of multiple voter ID cards to a single person.
By registering your Aadhaar number with your PF organization, you can now receive your provident fund amount directly to your bank account.
The Securities and Exchange board of India (SEBI) now accept Aadhaar card as a valid proof of address and identity from those, who want to invest in the stock market.
Scholarships for students
Students in many Indian states are required to link their Aadhaar number with the bank accounts to receive the government scholarship money.
So, Aadhaar card is now a very important document to have. Its importance and benefits are only going to increase in the future as the government launches new Aadhaar base schemes.