Government mulls Aadhaar cards for NRIs

New Delhi: Aiming to improve participation of Indian diaspora in government’s various flagship programs, the government is considering issuing Aadhaar cards to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).

While addressing the Indian diaspora on the Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “So far Aadhar card has been given to those Indians who live in India. It is not for non-resident Indians. But you will be happy to know that the Prime Minister wants the card to be given to the NRIs the way it is issued to people living in India.”

“He even wants it for OCI (Overseas Citizens of India card) holders. The matter is under our consideration. No decision has been taken as discussions on it are underway. I hope soon you will hear about it,” she said.

The government so far has issued Aadhaar cards to 92 crore Indians. Under the program, every citizen is given a 12-digit unique identification number for which biometric information is collected.

Calling upon the diaspora to be part of the country’s growth, EAM said, “It is time for you to come back to India.”

News24 Bureau