Aadhaar card has been made obligatory for all post office deposits, PPF, the National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra by the government. Currently the existing depositors have been given a deadline to submit the unique Aadhaar ID by December 31. In four separate Gazette notifications issued by Ministry of Finance 12-digit unique identification number has been made compulsory for opening all post office deposit accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra deposits.

“Provided that where Aadhaar number has not been assigned, the depositor shall submit proof of application of enrolment for Aadhaar,” the notification said.

Earlier, the government stated deadlines for linking Aadhar card to a range of documents ranging from ITR returns to applying for a PAN Card to using a mobile phone connection. The government moved ahead with linking Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards. All mobile phone numbers or SIMs not linked with Aadhaar will be deactivated after February 2018.

The customers of telecom operators like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have been receiving messages for linking their phone SIM card with Aadhaar following directive by government, the 12-digit Aadhaar is also being aggressively pushed by government for availing a host of financial services like bank account and mutual funds.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also decided to link all its beneficiary schemes to Aadhaar card for transferring subsidy directly to the accounts of the beneficiaries.