Aadhaar linking deadline will be extended to March 31, Centre tells SC

Deadline for Aadhar Card linking

Deadline for Aadhar Card linking

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is ready to extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to 131 services and welfare schemes till March 31 next year.

The three-judge bench of the apex court which was hearing the case said it would set up a constitutional bench to hear interim pleas.

While the deadline for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is December 31, for SIM cards it is February 6.

The Attorney General had told the court that no coercive action would be taken against those who do not have the Aadhaar card but are willing to enrol for.

Petitioners who have challenged the validity of Aadhaar on the ground that it violates right to privacy+ urged the top court for an early hearing to decide whether Aadhaar should be stayed.

Bank account: According to the available information, the deadline for the banks to link the account of the customer with their Aadhaar is December 31, 2017.

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The Supreme Court on October 30 said that a Constitution Bench would start hearing on the clutch of pleas against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November.

The petitioners have moved the top court seeking a stay on the government making Aadhaar linkage mandatory for bank accounts, mobile numbers, saying it infringes upon an individual's right to privacy.

The court has agreed to hear petitions challenging Aadhaar next for interim relief. The government had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till 31 December, pending the Supreme Court verdict.

UIDAI said the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 was passed by the Parliament on March 16, 2016, and notified in the Gazette of India on March 26, 2016.

The Centre had made Aadhaar mandatory to avail various welfare schemes including PDS.

Citizens are required to link their 12-digit unique identification number with government services, PAN cards, mobile numbers and bank accounts.

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