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But as Aadhaar is not issued to NRIs at present, Sam obtained one by falsely declaring himself a resident. Thousands of NRIs in Kerala are obtaining Aadhaar cards in this manner, unaware of the fact that they may lose their NRI status as a result, which brings them several benefits including tax exemptions.
This, he argued, will help the government allow online voting for NRIs.
If government make Aadhaar compulsory, NRIs could vote with biometric identification sitting anywhere in the world, he said."The government has introduced Adhaar as single identification card in many sectors.
They are applying the norm applicable to residents to NRIs as well.
This is causing a lot of difficulty for the NRIs, who visit the country for brief holidays."NRIs were a worried lot when the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) made Aadhaar mandatory for appearing for National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for MBBS and BDS courses this year.
Curiously the agencies have been pushing for Aadhaar identification even after the Supreme Court directed that Aadhaar cards can be used only for providing welfare services and not as in ID tool or a requirement for general services.