The service providers are required to issue Permanent Account Number Cards within 15 calendar days for fresh applicant and within 20 calendar days for reprint/ correction, excluding the time taken by the department and the applicant. The weighted average number of days for issue of Permanent Account Number Card is much less than 15 days.
Out of the applications received on or after 30.7.2006, there are 9,15,246 applications pending for more than a year.
The majority of the applications are defective applications where applicants have been informed about the nature of the defect but no satisfactory clarification has been received from the applicants.
This information was given by Minister of State for Finance, Shri S.S. Palanimanickam in written reply to a Question raised in Lok Sabha today.