Centre extends Aadhar linking deadline to March 31

Centre extends Aadhar linking deadline to March 31

The Supreme Court this morning ordered that the deadline for mobile phone-Aadhaar linking be extended from February 6 to March 31.

A five-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court headed by CJI Dipak Misra will pronounce interim order on Aadhaar applicability on Friday.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the court that the government was willing to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with all services to 31 March, with the exception of mobile phones and new bank accounts.

Initially created to help citizens access government services, Aadhaar details have subsequently been deemed mandatory for the opening of new bank accounts and the provision of telephone numbers.

"After considering various representations received in this regard and inputs received from banks, it has been chose to notify March 31, 2018, or six months from the date of commencement of account-based relationship by the clients, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity".

The bench, also comprising Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, said, "We accept the statement of the Attorney General of India and order accordingly, and hence, the deadline for Aadhaar linkage with all schemes of ministries and departments is extended till March 31 next year".


On the linking of the Aadhaar number with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) under the Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act, 2017, the court said the same would continue to be governed by the June 9 judgment of the top court.

Since last few weeks, we all had witnessed the aggressiveness with which banks have been "asking" (or rather ordering?) their customers to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar before December 31st. The bench further said the final hearing on the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself would commence from January 17 next year.

In a related case, the bench yesterday reserved its judgement on pleas seeking interim relief against the Centre's decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar have claimed it violated privacy rights.

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The government is using the unique identification number to plug leakages in welfare schemes and to check corruption.

They have also objected to the CBSE's alleged move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for students appearing for examinations, a contention denied by the Centre.

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