If you are enrolled for unique identity (UID) or Aadhaar number, opening a bank savings account is easier for you. You can use the letter issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as a proof of identity, according to a recent notification issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
What’s been allowed?
For opening a bank account, individuals need to fulfil know your customer norms, which includes providing identity and address proofs. For identity proof, documents such as voter identity card, permanent account number card, passport and ration card were used earlier. RBI has now added to the list the letter issued by UIDAI, which contains your name, address and the Aadhaar number.
Earlier, only “small” accounts, which carry certain restrictions such as limits on maximum balance that can be maintain at a given point of time, could be opened on the basis of the Aadhaar number. However, while you do need to give a residence proof for opening a normal savings account, no such document is required for “small”accounts.
Other things you can do with aadhaar
This document can be used for getting a telephone connection and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) connection, among others. Going forward, the government may utilize the Aadhaar platform to distribute various types of subsidies, such as kerosene and fertilizer subsidy, to beneficiaries directly. Moreover, various registrars and agencies are likely to develop their identity-based applications using the Aadhaar infrastructure.
How do you enrol for aadhaar?
To enroll for the number, you need to go to an authorized Aadhaar enrolment centre. Most government-owned banks are offering enrolment facility through select branches. You need to fill in personal details and attach documents for identity and address proof (a list of such documents are provided on UIDAI’s website). The enrolment agent would then take your photo, finger-prints and iris scan and would issue an acknowledgement slip. Subsequently, a letter would be generated containing your name, address and 12-digit Aadhaar number and mailed to your address within two-three months.
You can enrol even if you do not have valid documents, provided the head of the household has relevant documents. In such cases, the head first needs to enrol himself and then introduce others in the family.