New Delhi, August 5: The Government today has clarified that Aadhaar is not mandatory for death certificates. On Friday, the government had pitched for the usage of Aadhaar number to register deaths in a bid to curb 'identity fraud'.
“The use of Aadhaar for the applicants of the death certificate will result in ensuring the accuracy of the details provided by the relatives/dependents of the deceased,” said the notification issued by the government.
“It will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud. It will also help in recording the identity of the deceased person. Further, it will obviate the need for producing multiple documents to prove the identity of the deceased person.”
Top officials said the step has been taken to avoid benefits or subsidies being claimed in the name of dead people. More than 300 schemes involving a subsidy or a benefit have been linked to Aadhaar with nearly Rs 6,600 crore being paid out every month through direct benefit transfers (DBT).
Currently, any identity proof of the deceased can be furnished while applying for a death certificate. The registration of births and deaths are being done under the provisions of Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969 and the corresponding Rules made thereunder by the State Governments.