Willing to extend Aadhaar linking deadline until March 31, 2018: Centre

Supreme Court on 30 October had said that a Constitution Bench would commence hearing on the clutch of petitions against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November

Willing to extend Aadhaar linking deadline until March 31, 2018: Centre

"Therefore, subsequent notifications issued under section/s of Aadhaar Act for requiring Aadhaar as primary identifier by various ministries and departments of Government of India and States/UTs Governments for various services, benefits and subsidies hold the field today", the statement said. He said the Centre is ready to argue the matter. The petitioners had alleged that Aadhaar linking violated their right to privacy and hence the practise be struct down.

He however made it clear that the mandatory linking for Aadhaar with mobile would be February 6 next year as it had already been mandated by the court.

Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those who are opposed to Aadhaar scheme told the SC bench that the central government should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those fail to link their Aadhaar with various services. This was expected to have a bearing on the decision on Aadhaar, which the petitioners allege is an infringement of this right. So far, private citizens run the risk of being locked out of access to their own bank accounts if they do not link them with Aadhaar by December 31.

There are also a number of other benefits of linking your mobile phone number with your Aadhaar.

The deadline for bank accounts and PAN verification is December 31 and linking of mobile number is February 6.

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It said that the video was outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on December 7, 2017.

The Attorney General said that in respect of 131 services, a notification would be issued. The extension would, in all likelihood, include the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts.

It added, "The mandatory requirements of Aadhaar for PAN, bank accounts, welfare programs, and SIM cards have been challenged in the Supreme Court and no stay has been granted".

The Income Tax Act was amended in March 2017 to mandate the linking of Aadhaar with PAN, bank account and SIM cards.

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