Banks can use Aadhaar for KYC verification with the customer’s consent, the Reserve Bank said Wednesday as it updated its list of documents eligible for identification of individuals. The RBI specifies Know Your Customer (KYC) norms to be followed by banks and other entities regulated by it for various customer services, including opening of bank accounts.
“Banks have been allowed to carry out Aadhaar authentication/ offline-verification of an individual who voluntarily uses his Aadhaar number for identification purpose,” the central bank said in its amended Master Direction on KYC.
In February, the Union Cabinet had approved promulgation of an ordinance to allow voluntary use of the 12-digit unique number as identity proof for opening bank account and procuring mobile phone connection.
The ordinance was necessitated as a bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on January 4 but pending in the Rajya Sabha, would have lapsed with the dissolution of the current Lok Sabha. The ordinance gave effect to changes in the Aadhaar Act such as giving a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age.
The RBI further said that ‘Proof of possession of Aadhaar number’ has been added to the list of Officially Valid Documents (OVD).
For customer identification of individuals, the RBI said those desirous of receiving any benefit or subsidy under direct benefit transfer (DBT), the bank should obtain the customer’s Aadhaar and may carry out its e-KYC authentication……..Read More>>