Aadhaar for Property Registration

The State Government is planning to make Aadhaar a 12-digit unique identification number compulsory for property registration.

According to an official at the Registration department, a proposal has been sent to the State Government asking them to make Aadhaar card mandatory for land registrations. He also said that the department will connect their biometric system with the central server of Unique Identification Authority of India [UIDAI] to check if a person is the real owner of the property or not. The connection will be set up as soon as Aadhaar is made compulsory.

The official further said that making Aadhaar mandatory for property registration will eliminate fraudulent registration of the same. The approval of this proposal is awaited as the State Government has to make amendments to the Tamil Nadu Registration Rules in order to notify Aadhaar authentication mandatory. As per the data available with the State Government, there is 95 percent coverage of Aadhaar in Tamil Nadu which means that 7.27 lakh population out of 7.65 lakhs have Aadhaar cards. UIDAI will manage property registration in the areas where people are yet to have Aadhaar card.

This move is proposed after a recent case of forging Power of Attorney [PoA] of a plot costing rupees 4 crores came into light. The property originally belongs to Madhavaram resident of the city who is currently residing overseas but a fraudster impersonated identity proof and also alleged convinced the sub-registrar to get the property registered.

The Central Crime branch has registered an FIR in which four people including George, the sub-registrar of Madhavaram, have been named as accused. In this case, a fake document has been created in the name of the original owner of the 4,200 sq. ft. plot stating that she gave the PoA [Power of Attorney] to someone else. This forged documentation came into light after an encumbrance certificate was applied for selling of the property.