If Aadhaar is offered voluntarily, it should not be printed on any doc or saved in any database of births and deaths in full kind, says a round cited in RTI response.
The provision of Aadhaar shouldn’t be obligatory for the registration of births and deaths, the Registrar General of India (RGI) has clarified in a current reply to an RTI request. If Aadhaar is offered voluntarily, it should not be printed on any doc or saved in any database of births and deaths in full kind, based on an RGI round cited within the RTI response.
Visakhapatnam-based advocate M.V.S. Anil Kumar Rajagiri had filed an RTI request asking whether or not Aadhaar was obligatory for the registration of demise or not. In its reply final week, posted on Twitter by LiveLaw, the RGI referred to an April 2019 round to make clear that “the requirement of Aadhaar number is not mandatory for the registration of birth and death.”
It famous that registration of births and deaths was executed underneath the Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969, which was a Central legislation. “However, the implementation of the provisions of the said Act lies with the State/UT governments,” it added.
Supreme Court judgment
In 2017, the RGI had decreed that Aadhaar quantity could be required for the aim of building the identification of the deceased for the aim of demise registration. However, a 2018 Supreme Court judgment modified the state of affairs.
In its 2019 round, the RGI famous that “the portion of Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act which enables body corporate and individual to seek authentication was held to be unconstitutional” by the Supreme Court. The RBD Act additionally had no provision “which permits the use of Aadhaar for establishing the identity of an individual for the purpose of registration of birth and death”, it mentioned.
The round was despatched to the Chief Registrars of births and deaths of all States directing them to make sure that native registering authorities didn’t demand Aadhaar as a compulsory requirement. They might settle for Aadhaar as one of many acceptable paperwork, if offered on a voluntary foundation. However, the primary eight digits of the Aadhaar quantity have been to be masked with black ink. The full quantity was to not be saved in any database of births and deaths or printed on any doc, added the round.