Centre allows Aadhaar authentication for registration for births and deaths

Posted By: Shweta Khandal

Posted On: June 28, 2023

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The government has given permission for the Office of Registrar General of India (RGI) to use Aadhaar verification when registering births and deaths in the country. However, it’s not mandatory to use Aadhaar for registration.

According to a recent announcement, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEiTY) has allowed the RGI office to use the Aadhaar database to verify the identity details provided during the registration of births and deaths.

The Registrar appointed under the Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969 can choose to perform Aadhaar verification, on a voluntary basis, to confirm the Aadhaar number along with other details mentioned in the reporting forms for births or deaths.

This helps establish the identity of the child, parent, and informant in the case of births, and the parent, spouse, and informant in the case of deaths during registration.

The State governments and Union Territory administrations must follow the guidelines set by MEiTY regarding the use of Aadhaar verification.

In 2020, MEiTY introduced rules stating that the Central government may allow entities to use Aadhaar verification for better governance, preventing misuse of public funds, and to make life easier for people.

The Ministry or State governments who wish to use Aadhaar verification must prepare a proposal justifying its use and submit it to the Central government, who will then refer it to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

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