Published: 05th July 2019
Union Budget 2019: Aadhar made easy for NRIs, file taxes using Aadhar
This was proposed by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech on July 5, 2019
Getting an Aadhar card is now a cakewalk for NRIs. Like before, one doesn't have to wait for 180 days. Instead, Non-residents who posses and Indian passport can get the biometric ID upon arriving India. This was proposed by the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech.
The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 stated that, "only a resident who has resided in India for a period or periods amounting in all to 182 days or more in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment is eligible for Aadhaar."
The government has also now proposed to make the Aadhar and PAN cards interchangeable. Now, one would not need a PAN and instead file their taxes using their Aadhar number.
India's first full-time woman finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented her maiden union budget at 11 am on July 5. Sitharaman reached the Parliament an hour ahead of time with the budget document folded in a red traditional cloth sealed with the government seal. Analysts and the media had predicted that her first budget will be focused on the middle class and the poor and that it will take the SoPs presented in the interim budget by Piyush Goyal in February further. Sitharaman has to deal with income tax exemption slabs, unemployment and form a pro-janta budget with the added task of pulling the country out of a five year low. With former Education Minister Prakash Javadekar promising that the government will try its best to spend 6 per cent of the GDP on education and the PM stressing on the youth development and innovation, eyes are on Sitharaman's budget to bring the change.
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