The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has deactivated around 81 lakh Aadhaar number till the date as confirmed by Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, PP Chaudhary.
This comes after the government has deactivated more than 11.44 lakhs permanent account numbers earlier this week. It has been done with the aim of weeding out illegal financial dealings. This move has left many people worried as Aadhaar is now mandatory for many things like filing of income tax returns, opening of bank account etc. There are multiple reasons for deactivating Aadhaar numbers. As per the provisions of Section 27 and 28 of Aadhaar (Enrollment and Update) Regulations, 2016, a person’s Aadhaar number can be cancelled or deactivated if multiple Aadhaars have been issued or if there are discrepancies in the biometric data or supporting documents.
Follow these simple steps to check if your Aadhaar card is deactivated-
Step 1- Visit the website of Unique Identification Authority of India. Click here https://uidai.gov.in/.
Step 2- Click on verify Aadhaar number under the Aadhaar Service section.
Step 3- A new window will pop up. Enter your 12 digit Aadhaar number in the given box. Enter the “Security Code” displayed on the page into the “Security Code” in the verification box, and click “Verify”.
Step 4- In case your Aadhaar number is valid, you will get a message stating that your Aadhaar number exists. It will display the age band you belong to. For instance, age band: 40-50 years. It will show your gender and the state.
However, in the case of invalid Aadhaar number, the page will say that the number does not exist.
What to do in case your Aadhaar number is deactivated?
In case, your Aadhaar is inactive, you must visit the nearest Aadhaar enrollment centre along with supporting documents.
In such a scenario, you will be required to fill out the Aadhaar update form and your biometrics will be re-verified and updated. As per the current process, it is mandatory to mention your valid mobile number while filing the form. You will be required to pay a fee of Rs. 25 at enrollment centre for the update.
This process cannot be done online or via post since you are required to verify your biometric data. You need to be physically present at the enrollment centre.