To check corruption related to a wide variety of cases involving fake death certificates, the government has announced that Aadhaar will be mandatory for getting death certificates. This new rule will come into force from October 1. The announcement regarding this was made today by the Registrar General India (RGI). The RGI said that Aadhaar will be very useful in preventing corruption cases involving identity fraud. It may be recalled that at present multiple documents are required to prove the identity of a deceased person. However, with the Aadhaar system, only the Aadhaar number will be sufficient to establish the identity of a deceased person. It will also be beneficial for the relatives, dependents, and acquaintances of the deceased, who may be required to furnish the identity documents of the deceased. Aadhaar will make the process of getting death certificates a lot faster and highly accurate.
To implement the new rule, the RGI has given instructions to all concerned departments in respective states and Union territories. The RGI functions under the Home Ministry. The new rule will be applicable from October 1 across India, excluding only Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu & Kashmir. The date of implementation in these states will be notified later. In case a deceased person does not have Aadhaar, it would be the responsibility of the relatives/dependents to declare that the deceased does not have an Aadhaar number. Any false declaration would be treated as a criminal offense under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, and also Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969.