New Delhi: Registrar General of India (RGI) clarified that it is not mandatory to provide an Aadhaar number for birth and death registration. The Registrar General of India gave this information in response to an RTI. According to the RGI circular, if a person gives an Aadhaar number of his choice, then it is necessary to ensure that Aadhaar printout is not taken out in any case and the entire Aadhaar number is not stored in the birth death database. Circular states, “In any case, the Aadhaar number will neither be stored in the database, nor will it be printed on any document.
If necessary, only the first four digits of the Aadhaar number can be printed. Advocate MVS Anil Kumar Rajagiri of Andhra Pradesh filed an RTI asking the government whether Aadhaar was necessary for death registration or not. RGI has quoted a circular dated April 2019 that Aadhaar number is not mandatory in the registration of births and deaths. In the circular, Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified, Birth and death registration in the country is done under the provisions of the Registration of Births and Deaths (RBD) Act, 1969. There is no provision in the RBD Act which refers to the birth and death of a person. Allows the use of Aadhaar to establish the identity of a person for the purpose of registration.