Can an Aadhaar number holder claim for Indian citizenship?
Every resident of India irrespective of Indian citizenship is entitled to obtain an Aadhaar number at free of cost by submitting demographic and bio-metric information along with relevant documents to the UIDAI by undergoing the process of enrollment anywhere in India, the list of required documents and procedure for enrollment can be accessed from here. The unique identity numbers assigned to individuals will help in providing targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits & services and ensures the efficiency and transparency.
The 12 digit Aadhaar numbers are unique and once issued cannot be reassigned to any other individual and these numbers are generated randomly with no relation to the identity of the Aadhaar number holder. Any updates to your Aadhaar after enrolment can be done at Aadhaar enrollment centre and address related updated can be done online from official UIDAI website.
As stated in Section 9 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 the Aadhaar number will not decide the right of Indian citizenship or domicile which reads as follows:
Section 9. Aadhaar number not evidence of citizenship or domicile, etc.— The Aadhaar number or the authentication thereof shall not, by itself, confer any right of, or be proof of, citizenship or domicile in respect of an Aadhaar number holder.
The Indian citizenship can be obtained in the following ways according to Citizenship Act, 1955:
The Aadhaar number can be used for proof of identity as per Section 4(3) of Aadhaar Act, 2016 and such Aadhaar number can be either in physical or electronic form as per the circular issued by Unique Identification Authority of India.