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Aadhar Not Mandatory for International Parcels: Govt

Aadhaar Cards in India. Photo courtesy: UIDAI

Aadhaar Cards in India. Photo courtesy: UIDAI

The Department of Posts clarified Monday that it is mandatory to produce an identity proof acceptable for important transactions like booking an international parcel or international EMS (Merchandise) for safety and security reasons.

One of the accepted identity proof is Aadhaar, along with others like driving license, passport, voter ID, etc. which are also acceptable. Aadhaar, as per the prevailing norms in the country, is not a mandatory document to be produced at the time of booking. Moreover, according to the Department, all such documents are only required for office record and are not required to be pasted on the consignments.

The clarification comes in the wake of a news report regarding the display of Aadhaar number on parcels. The Department said it appears that the confusion was created by an erroneous message generated from the Twitter account of the office of the Chief Postmaster General, Delhi Circle wherein it was mentioned that pasting of ID proof on consignments is in accordance with international guidelines.

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Aadhaar is a 12-digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India. This number serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.

Instructions are being given to the post offices to ensure smooth booking of articles taking the convenience and regulatory requirements into account together.

The Department of Posts said that a copy of any ID proof including Aadhaar is required for booking of international parcel and international EMS (Merchandise) for security purpose based on requests received from organizations like Narcotics Control Bureau and Wild Life Crime Control Bureau.

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