NRIs in UAE are concerned about the latest move by Indian government to make Aadhaar ID card mandatory for accessing several services and transactions. Most Indian expats, who mostly use passports as their key identification document, do not have this bio-metric identity card that was introduced 6 years ago.
However, the latest government moves to link Aadhaar card with PAN (Permanent Account Number – issued by income tax authorities for tax and financial transactions) by June 30, 2017 has caused panic among expats. PAN is mandatory for several banking transactions, including to make bank deposits cash above Rupees 50,000 (Dh2,750). The PAN will be redundant after the June 30-deadline, if it is not linked with Aadhaar card.
Although NRIs are exempted from income-tax on their income abroad, they have to file tax returns for their income earned in India above Rupees 500,000 per annum, for which PAN is mandatory, said Alok Tuteja, an internal audit manager, based in Abu Dhabi. A redundant PAN for not having Aadhaar card will also affect NRIs who invest in Indian stock market, for which PAN is mandatory.
Aadhaar will be required to book online train tickets from May. “Many NRIs travel by train from the airports as their small towns are linked by rail and road only. This rule will affect them,” said Nandita Tushar Raut, 31, in Dubai.
Aadhaar may become mandatory by October 2017 to apply for or renew Indian driving licence. This week, telecom operators have been directed to re-verify their existing subscribers through Aadhaar card by February 6, 2018.