Aadhaar Now Compulsory For Filing IT Returns
Amendment Proposed by Finance Minister
Starting from July 1, 2017, providing Aadhaar number will be compulsory for filing Income Tax (IT) returns as well as for processing Permanent Account Number (PAN) applications. According to amendments proposed by the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley the Aadhaar unique identification number must also be linked to PAN cards before July. Otherwise the PAN cards will be considered invalid.
Aadhaar being used for various purposes
The Labour Ministry has also issued a notification saying that Aadhaar will be compulsory for opening Employment Provident Fund (EPF) accounts from March 31. In Haryana, government has already begun Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance for teachers and other employees in government-aided colleges.
SC had said Aadhaar will not be compulsory
The Supreme Court (SC) however had in successive orders made it clear that Aadhaar card cannot be made compulsory. In 2015 and 2016, the SC has said that the Aadhaar card scheme is purely voluntary and cannot be made mandatory till the matter is finally decided by the court. In 2015 a five judge Constitution Bench of the SC had said that Aadhaar card can be used on a voluntary basis to avail benefits under government schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), EPF and other pension schemes. Public Distribution System (PDS) and LPG schemes were also allowed by the SC in its interim order.