The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has announced that it will no longer consider Aadhaar as a valid document for proof of date of birth. This decision, conveyed through an official circular on January 16, comes in response to a directive from the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
According to the circular, Aadhaar is being removed from the list of documents accepted for correction in the date of birth. The UIDAI, in its circular dated December 22, 2023, clarified that while Aadhaar can establish an individual's identity, it does not serve as proof of date of birth. The UIDAI highlighted that despite this, organizations like the EPFO had been using Aadhaar for date of birth validation.
The UIDAI also pointed out that several high courts have emphasized in their orders that Aadhaar is not a valid proof of date of birth. In light of these considerations, EPFO has decided to discontinue the use of Aadhaar for establishing an individual's date of birth.
Moving forward, individuals can continue to use alternative documents such as a birth certificate issued by the Registrar of Births and Deaths, marksheet from a recognized government board or university, or a PAN (Permanent Account Number) card as valid proof of date of birth. This change aligns with the UIDAI's clarification and ensures that EPFO adheres to recognized documents for verifying important details like date of birth.
(With Agency Inputs)