Railway Recruitment : Aadhaar mandatory for filling applications

RRB says the use of Aadhaar is a convenient and hassle free mode of verification of identity.

Falling in lines with the education boards and the application process of some major entrance exams, Railway Recruitment Boards have also joined the list. The Boards have decided that in all upcoming recruitment processes, the applicants will have to enter their Aadhaar details in the application form.

The official notification issued by the RRB(s) mentions, “The applicants shall be required to furnish his/her 12-digit Aadhaar number of 28-digit Aadhaar registration receipt at the time of filling up the application.” Being the major objective to include Aadhaar in the application process, the biometric attendance system will be applicable during the exam & interview processes and the details thus received will be matched with the details stored with the Aadhaar server.

The Aadhaar (Tergeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha in March and the provisions & regulations under the Aadhaar Act came into effect from 14 September 2016. The Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act 2016 permits the use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual for any purpose and hence the provision of entering the Aadhaar number in the application form remains legal.

The provision of mandatory Aadhaar details will be applicable in all States except Jammu & Kashmir, Meghalaya and Assam. The candidates belonging to these states will be exempted from mandatory Aadhaar feature and instead, they can enter the valid passport number, voter-ID card number, driving license number or any other valid Government identity card number in the online application form.

RRB had recently announced the results of 1st stage screening test under RRB NTPC recruitment process. As the notification includes to-be notified recruitment processes only, it is yet to be known whether this rule will apply during the rest of NTPC recruitment process.

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