A number of persons made multiple applications for PAN, giving particulars differently, resulting in issue of multiple PANS. With a view to cleaning the PAN database, it was decided to undertake an exercise of de-duplication of PAN. No case of harassment during the de-duplication exercise has come to governments notice. However, in a few cases difficulties in the issue of refunds due to duplication of PAN have been noted.
Field offices of the Income Tax Department have been directed to complete de-duplication exercise in a time bound manner. Further, the software in this regard has been enhanced so as to speed up the de-duplication process.
This information was given by Shri S.S. Palanimanickam, Minister of State for Finance in reply to a question raised by Shri Chengara Surendran in Lok Sabha today.