Aadhaar may be made mandatory for real estate deals to weed out benami, indicates minister Hardeep Puri

The government is likely to make Aadhaar linking to property mandatory in a bid to curb black money in the real estate sector, Union minister for housing Hardeep Puri has indicated in an interview with television channel ET Now.

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"Seeding Aadhaar to property transaction is a great idea but I’m not going to make an announcement on that. We are already linking Aadhaar to bank accounts, etc, and we can take some additional steps for property market also,” Puri has been quoted as saying in a report in The Economic Times.

Puri added once implemented, the policy would help the government dig out black money in circulation in the sector and also put a curb on benami property deals.

He also said in stable, large economies, citizens avoid carrying large wads of cash while they are on the move and India was heading in the direction of a cashless economy.

So far, the government has not linked Aadhaar with real estate deals. However, the government has passed directives mandating linking of Aadhaar with PAN, mobile phone number, bank accounts and financial savings instruments.

It is also pushing for Aadhaar linkage for government benefits, which is not yet mandatory. The moves have become controversial as there are many who allege Aadhaar is a breach of privacy. The Supreme Court is hearing the case.


Updated Date: Nov 22, 2017 12:44 PM

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