"The government has decided that a longer term goal should be to expand Aadhaar enrollment activities in order to ensure that all persons on the Indian soil (Resident Indian, NRIs, OCI/PIO and visa holding visitors) shall be empowered with a unique identity/identifier that can authenticated on a digital platform any time anywhere," Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in written reply to Lok Sabha.

At present all residents including Indian national and foreigners with valid visas can be enrolled and provided Aadhaar number by the UIDAI. Under the Aadhaar project, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is providing a unique identity numbers to residents, which can be digitally verified using the database.

As per the official sources, UIDAI is working on the policy for Aadhaar enrollment of NRIs, PIOs and OICs after receiving a direction from the government on the issue. However the minister cited in its reply that no time frame has been formulated at this stage for achieving the goal. The Aadhaar number helps in availing various services and benefits provided by the government.

It is a valid know your customers (KYC) document for various services including banking, telecom, cooking gas subsidy, vehicle registration driving licence, government scholarships, pension and public distribution system.

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