- PAN accepts special characters, but Aadhaar does not
- Aadhaar details of a celebrity were leaked recently, so how safe is it?
But here are five concerns in fulfilling the wishes of the government as people will face problems if the Aadhaar card is linked to the PAN.
1) The Name
The system that works for Aadhaar card enrolment and PAN are way too different. The PAN card accepts the names as they are including if there are any special characters like D’souza (apostrophe) in the name. But Aadhaar will not accept it. To link both the cards, the name, date of birth, etc. has to match. So what is the option for the people who have special characters in their name?
2) Change in details
In the case of any error in the PAN card details and there is a correction, the same change has to be brought to the notice of the bank, insurance company, owner for rent details, PPF details and demat details. Thus if the errors like special characters are changed in PAN, then the person has to make the change applicable in all these sectors. In addition, In India, some girls change their names or add their husband's surname. Even this has to be changed everywhere. If this does not match with either of the cards, then you might not be able to get any benefits as Aadhaar card is a must to apply for anything!
Recently, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Aadhaar card details were in public. When celebrities details are not safe, what about the common people. The government so far has made no efforts to assure people that their Aadhaar details are safe. Instead, it is busy forcing people to link the Aadhaar to PAN.
4) PAN may be invalid
The government had amended the Income Tax Act which makes Aadhaar number compulsory to file returns. The new rule says if PAN is not linked to Aadhaar before July 31, then you cannot fill the IT returns. The PAN might become invalid. But in reality, PAN has a strong database and security features, and Aadhaar is not so safe. This year, people are bound to face problems while filling their IT returns.
Many have reported that there are errors in Aadhaar card (name, date of birth, address, spelling mistakes etc). When the card which is being made compulsory for all sectors is not free from errors, how will it be applied in all places? It looks like whatever the repercussions are, people will have to face them!
Last Updated 6:47 PM IST