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Things You Need to Know Before Applying for a Pan Card Online

Applying for a PAN card used to be a tedious task, but now it is considerably easy. It is an easy online process which can be completed from home itself.

Applying for PAN card online is an easy process, however few things should be kept in mind while doing so. Wikimedia Commons
Applying for PAN card online is an easy process, however few things should be kept in mind while doing so. Wikimedia Commons

A PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card is one of the most important identity documents today in India. It is a ten-digit alphanumeric identification number given to all taxpayers by the Income Tax Department of India.

PAN is of special significance in all matters related to banking and taxes. Your PAN will be required if you want to open a bank account, apply for a loan, apply for passport, pay your taxes, buy a car and so on.

In recent times, the importance of PAN has only increased after the government has made it compulsory to link the PAN with bank accounts and to quote the PAN for any transaction exceeding Rs. 25,000.

Applying for a PAN card used to be a tedious task, but now it is considerably easy. It is an easy online process which can be completed from home itself. However, there are few things one needs to know before applying for the PAN card online:

You can apply for PAN card online, however, only partially.

You can apply for PAN online, but the process in itself is not completely online. This is because once all the online formalities and payments are done, you will still have to send an acknowledgment receipt to National Securities Depository Ltd.(NSDL) or UTI Investor Services Ltd. (UTIISL) office by post. The printed acknowledgment receipt should have your photograph and signature.

NSDL has authority to issue PAN cards.
NSDL has authority to issue PAN cards.

The Payment Method 

Once the documents are uploaded and form is completed, you will have to make the payment of Rs 115.90 excluding additional bank charges, if any; the amount is Rs.1020/- for dispatch outside India (The amounts are subject to change).You can pay using your debit or credit cards, Net banking or demand draft .

Fill your surname first.

While filling  your application, make sure that you fill your surname before your first name. In the PAN Card, your name will appear in the sequence of ‘First name Surname’ only, however. This is one mistake people often make.

Do not use any prefixes while filling names out.

Do not use any prefixes such as Dr., Col., Major, etc. in the  ‘Name’, ‘Father’s name’ and ‘Name to be printed on card’ fields of the form. Also, no abbreviations or initials should be used.

PAN application should be made only on Form 49A.

A PAN application should only be made on Form 49A. It can be downloaded from the website of Income Tax department or UTIISL or NSDL. You can also get a print of it by a local printer or get it photocopied on A4 size, 70 GSM paper.

Father’s name is compulsory.

Father’s name is compulsorily required to be filled in the PAN application. Female applicants, irrespective of marital status, should only fill their father’s name in the PAN application.

Aadhar Authentication is important for the completion of the Process. 

Once the other processes and payments have been done, you will be required to undergo the Aadhar authentication process. An OTP will be sent to the mobile/email linked to your Aadhar.

What if your Aadhar Authentication failed? 

In case your Aadhar authentication process is not successful or your mobile number is not linked to Aadhar, complete the full process anyway. In addition to the acknowledgement slip, you will just have to also send a photocopy of the documents uploaded by you.

Points to remember while sending the acknowledgement receipt.

You should super-scribe the envelope with ‘APPLICATION FOR PAN -N-15 DIGIT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT NUMBER.’ You can send this envelope via post or courier. Make sure that it should reach NSDL within 15 days from the date of online application.

Tracking the status of PAN Application

You can use your 15-digit acknowledgement number for tracking the status of your application. You can check the TIN website or  SMS ‘NSDLPAN (15 digit ack. no.)’ to 57575. You can also and an e-mail at or call at (020) – 2721-8080, for any PAN related inquiries.

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Illegal Rohingyas Manage Permanent Residence Certificates (PRCs), Buy Land in Jammu

A group of Rohingyas living illegally in the Jammu have fraudulently acquired Permanent residence Certificates and bought property

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Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have illegally settled in the state of Kashmir. Twitter

Jammu and Kashmir, June 19, 2017:

Living illegally in the Jammu and Samba district, a group of Rohingyas have fraudulently acquired Permanent Residence Certificates (PRCs) and bought land on the outskirts of Jammu Area.

The group has acquired PRCs, Aadhar Cards, and ration cards, The Tribune reported.

The local authorities have been instructed by the Intelligence Agencies to “keep a strict vigil” especially since reports have flooded in that Lashkar-e-Toiba sought to exploit these Rohingyas for executing terror acts in India as well as Bangladesh.

Sayed Hussain, a member of Rohingya group residing in Belicharana area, has managed to buy state land after acquiring ration card, Aadhar card, voter identity card and residence certificate all through fraudulent means. His residential house in Rakh Raipur is raised on the land of the Jammu Development Authority.

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It is interesting to note that while the Indian citizens from other states are not entitled to PRCs in Kashmir, illegal Rohingyas from the cross-border have managed to do so.

The credibility of the authority is now a big question as it is no easy task to acquire PRCs in Kashmir especially with the process being extremely cumbersome. It is shocking how some Rohingyas have gotten past it.

Jitender Khurana, Convener of Hindu Jagran Abhiyan, states that the PDP-BJP government has been very accommodating with these Myanmar Rohingya Muslims and has been helping them with various documents such as Aadhar cards and ration cards. These Rohingyas are then committing frauds and crimes against the Indians themselves. If BJP really wants to act in favor of its own people it can stop supporting the PDP, however, due to vote bank politics, this scenario is unlikely to happen.

According to The Tribune report, a case has been registered and investigations are underway.

State Government reports from January 21 of this year estimated 5,743 Rohingyas living illegally in the state of Kashmir. Out of the total number of Rohingyas in the state, only 4,912 possess the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

The state has already launched a campaign to deport the foreigners.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393