Make Aadhaar Mandatory for NRI Marriages: Expert Panel to MEA

PTI
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Aadhaar should be made mandatory for the registration of NRI marriages in India to tackle desertion and other marital issues, an inter-ministerial committee has recommended to the Ministry of External Affairs.

The proposal by the special committee on Indian passport holders getting married in India is aimed at protecting the rights of women who are deserted by their NRI husbands or become victims of domestic violence and dowry harassment abroad.

"It has been proposed that Aadhaar be a must-have for registration of NRI marriages (in India)," said a source privy to the contents of the report submitted to the MEA on August 30.

The Unique Identification Authority of India is working on a policy for the Aadhaar enrolment of NRIs, Overseas Citizens of India and Persons of Indian Origin. At present, all residents including Indian nationals and foreigners with valid visas can enroll for an Aadhaar number.

The panel also recommended that India amend its extradition treaties with various countries to include domestic violence as a criterion for seeking the custody of an accused.

An official in the ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) said tracking an offender in NRI marriages was often difficult.

"The main issue is that serving of notice is difficult because you don't have the address," he said.

The report is only limited to NRIs and not anybody else of Indian origin living abroad, the source said.

"We are only dealing with those who hold an Indian passport," the source added.

The committee also suggested that the National Commission for Women (NCW) be made the nodal authority for looking into disputes arising out of such marriages.

According to an NCW report, about 1300 such cases were registered by its NRI cell between 2005 and 2012.

The panel mooted that special teams consisting of officials of the MEA, Home Affairs, and WCD be debuted in "10- 15 countries" from where such cases emanate.

Apart from the UK, US, Canada and Australia, teams should also be posted to African and West Asian nations, it said.

The expert panel on NRI marriages was constituted last year under the chairmanship of retired Justice Arvind Goel, former chairman of the NRI Commission of Punjab, and comprises officials of the ministries of WCD, Home Affairs, MEA and the Department of Telecommunications.

The NCW report commissioned in 2011, titled Laws Relating to NRI Marriages and their Impact on Women, lists the problems faced by women in such marriages.

"It has been noticed that sometimes the particulars of employment, immigration status, surname, property, earning status, marital status and other material particulars are wrongly supplied purposely by the prospective groom to con a girl into marriage for ulterior motives," it said.

While hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Centres move to make Aadhaar mandatory, the Supreme Court last month unanimously declared that the right to privacy was a fundamental one.

The judgement was limited to the issue of the right to privacy and the question whether Aadhaar violates the right to privacy will be dealt with by a three-judge bench from November.


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NT
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear All,

Official Website of Aadhar says below
As per the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, only a resident who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrollment.
https://uidai.gov.in/your-aadhaar/help/faqs.html

Kuwait Indian Embassy says below on response to our query on Feb 2015
The Embassy is working out modalities with the concerned authorities in India so that the NRIs can apply for PAN & Aadhar cards. But this will take some time.
http://www.indembkwt.org/DispNews.aspx?ID=735

When approached for taking Aadhar in india, the officials said, NRI must stay 182 days in a year or else the Aadhar will be deactivated and the transactions done using that card will be invalid.

Should we take or not? The news is deceiving . I strongly hope Indian embassy will help on this matter.

phelixx
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Yes its tru Sometime back the government and Embassy said Aadhar card is not required for expatriates specially in the Gulf but its a valid document every Indian shud hv as per the laws of India... !!!!
Every place in India aadhar Card is compulsory n how come they say not reqd for expatriates/NRI?????? What is the Indian government trying to tell the NRI????. even to go to the public toilet in India Aadhar card is asked???? although there are not many Public toilets in India
To get a SIM card for a mobile, aadhar is compulsory.
Even to bury a person / for a new birth / death certificate aadhar is compulsory !!!
Please decide on one policy and arrange immediately to issue aadhar cards from the Indian Embassies in the Gulf.
Pls make it a top priority with immediate effect.

Nair.BS.
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sometime back the government and Embassy said Aadhar card is not valid for expatriates !!!!
But for college admissions, they aadhar is compulsory.
To get a mobile number, aadhar is compulsory.
Even to get a death certificate aadhar is compulsory !!!
Please decide on one policy and arrange to issue aadhar cards from the Embassy.

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