The Union government on Friday exempted citizens residing in Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya and citizens above 80 years from mandatory quoting of Aadhaar for a PAN application or for filing income tax returns.
The Finance Act 2017 had introduced Section 139AA in the Income Tax Act, making it mandatory from July 1, 2017, to provide the Aadhaar number while applying for a PAN or submitting income tax returns.
Aadhaar enrolment has been low in the northeastern States.
The exemption will also apply on non-residents and non-citizens.
In Assam, only 7% of citizens out the total estimated population of around 3.30 crore have enrolled in Aadhaar, as per Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) data till April 31, 2017.