Indian government may soon introduce Aadhar cards for NRIs

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj announced that the Indian government is considering to provide Aadhar cards to NRIs and confirmed that a decision will be taken very soon. She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the Aadhaar card scheme to be extended to NRIs.

Mrs. Sushma Swaraj invited the Indian diaspora to actively participate in India’ growth including Skill India, Digital India and Clean Ganga initiatives as she addressed the first limited edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.

Mrs Swaraj said it has been decided that women workers will be allowed to go to Gulf countries for employment only through government agencies to ensure they are not duped by recruiting agents or firms.

Aadhar

The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, webcast by almost all Indian Missions and Posts, was organised for the first time by External Affairs Ministry (MEA) after the government’s decision to merge Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with it.

Earlier, the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs used to host the event. January 9 was chosen as the day for PBD as it was on this day in 1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, the “greatest Pravasi”, returned home from South Africa to lead India’s freedom struggle.

“So far Aadhar card has been given to those Indians who live in India. It is not for non-resident Indians. But you will be happy to know that the Prime Minister wants the card to be given to the NRIs the way it is issued to people living in India,” the minister said.

Aadhaar is actually a 12-digit number and not a card which is unique for every individual who enroll or apply to get his/her Aadhaar number. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is the regulatory body for this..It is considered the world’s largest national identification number project.

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