Soon getting a death certificate would require the applicant to produce Aadhaar number of the deceased.  The Narendra Modi government has made Aadhaar mandatory for issuing of death certificate with effect from October 1. The government on Friday announced that the 12 digit number would be required to establish the identity of the deceased and that it would prevent identity fraud.

In a statement, the home ministry said “The use of Aadhaar for the applicants of Death Certificate will result in ensuring accuracy of the details provided by the relatives/ dependents / acquaintances of the deceased. It will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud. It will also help in recording the identity of the deceased person.”

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The new rule will be effective across India barring Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. For these a date will be notified separately.

The ministry also said that if the person did not have an Aadhaar number the applicant will have to give a certificate that the dead person did not have the same “to the best of his/her knowledge”. The minister, however, warned that a flase declaration would be treated as an offence.

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The applicant’s Aadhaar number, as well that of the dead person’s spouse and parents will also have to be provided, the ministry said, citing a notification issued by the Registrar General of India (RGI) that is entrusted with conducting the country’s census and maintaining the register of births and deaths. “The move will also it will obviate the need for producing multiple documents to prove the identity of the deceased person,” said RGI.

 

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