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81 lakh Aadhaar, 11 lakh PANs deactivated till date: Here’s how to check if yours is still active

As per the provisions of Sections 27 and 28, a person's Aadhaar can be cancelled or deactivated if multiple Aadhaars have been issued, or there are discrepancies in the biometric data or supporting documents.

Written by: India TV Business Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 16, 2017 15:57 IST ]
81 lakh Aadhaar, 11 lakh PANs deactivated till date
81 lakh Aadhaar, 11 lakh PANs deactivated till date
The government’s decision to make linking of PAN card and Aadhaar mandatory for filing returns created quite a stir, particularly in view of the glitches many taxpayers faced in the process, mainly due to glitches in the system at the last minute.
 
The measure also created a lot of confusion in the minds of taxpayers as there was lack of clarity on whether the failure to link one’s PAN with Aadhaar would result in the deactivation of the PAN card altogether. 
 
While that row was settled, with the government clarifying that the linking was mandatory for filing of Income Tax Return only. The government has said that it will announce a date in due course on when the failure to carry out the linking would result in deactivation of PAN. 
 
Recent information revealed by the government says that the central government has deactivated close to 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers till date for a number of reasons. 
 
"Till date, approximately 81 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been deactivated. The state-, year- and reason-wise data is not maintained by the UIDAI," MoS for Electronics and IT PP Chaudhary had told the Rajya Sabha.
 
According to him, the Aadhaar numbers were deactivated for a number of reasons stated in Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016.
 
As per the provisions of Sections 27 and 28, a person's Aadhaar can be cancelled or deactivated if multiple Aadhaars have been issued, or there are discrepancies in the biometric data or supporting documents. 
 
It may be noted that children who enrol before the age of 5 should update their biometrics once after attaining the age of 5 years and after turning 15. As per the rules, there is a window of two years to carry out this update. 
 
"Prior to enactment of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, the deactivation (suspension) of Aadhaar numbers was done as per the Aadhaar Life Cycle Management (ALCM) guideline," Chaudhary said, adding that the regional offices of the UIDAI have authority to deactivate the Aadhaar numbers.
 
Besides Aadhaar, the government has also deleted or deactivated 11 lakh PANs. The government has made it mandatory that 12-digit Aadhaar number be provided for filing of income tax returns (ITRs) as well as for applying for a new PAN. 
 
Given the importance that the government has attached to Aadhaar and its linking with PAN, there is a sense of apprehension among many honest taxpayers over these developments. However, a set of easy steps can show whether you are safeguarded against the recent developments.
 
4 steps to check if your Aadhaar card is active:
 
1. Open the website of Unique Identification Authority of India.
 
2. Go to the 'Verify Aadhaar Number' link (visible under Aadhaar Services section). Clink on the link, you will directed to a new page.
 
3. Enter your 12-digit Aadhaar number. Enter the ‘Security Code’ displayed on the page and click ‘Verify’.
 
4. In case your Aadhaar number is valid, you will receive attesting ‘Aadhaar number exists’. In case your Aadhaar number is invalid, the page will say that ‘the number does not exist’.
 
A similar process is to be followed to ensure that your PAN, one of the most crucial documents needed for several tax-related and financial transaction purposes.
 
4 steps to check if your PAN is active: 
 
1. Open the website of Income Tax department -- incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in
 
2. Click on ‘Know your PAN’ under the ‘Services’ tab displayed on the homepage. This will take you the a new page.
 
3. Enter the details in given boxes including your registered mobile number and click on ‘Submit’ button. You will receive a One Time Password (OTP) on your registered mobile number. Enter the OTP
 
4. The status of your PAN number will be displayed on the page: ‘Active’ or ‘Not Active’.  
 
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