Aadhar Linking deadline extended to 30 March 2018

Galtero Lara
Diciembre 7, 2017

However, reports said the deadline of Feb 6 for Aadhaar linking to cellphone number can not be extended, since the date has been specified by the Supreme Court.

This extension will include 139 services. The users have to get the Aadhaar card linked to their bank accounts and PAN card by December 31.

At present, the deadline for linking the 10-digit alphanumeric PAN (Permanent Account Number), issued by the Income Tax Department, with Aadhaar is 31 December.

The government may, however, restrict the March 31, 2018 extension only to those who still do not have an Aadhaar number.

The UIDAI added the Supreme Court had also approved the verification of all SIM cards with Aadhaar through an order passed in February 2017 in Lokniti Foundation case.

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The Government of India has assured the Supreme Court that it will issue a notification to extend the deadline to link essential services, except mobile connections, to Aadhaar to March 31 from December 31. Aadhaar centres have been opened in banks, which makes it easy for the customers.

The apex court has upheld the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN in the case of Binoy Viswam vs Union of India which mandates Aadhaar for income tax returns and PAN.

The government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra had in October said that a constitution bench would be constituted and Aadhaar-related matters would come up for hearing before it. He said such people would not be denied the benefits of social welfare schemes till March 31.

Besides this, now Aadhaar is compulsory to avail any benefits under the Aadhar Pension Bima Yojna scheme (APBY). The Centre told the three-judge bench that it will extend the deadline for those who did not apply for the Aadhaar card yet and do not possess any id proof. The judgment would have an important bearing on the Aadhaar hearing as one of the grounds of challenge is that the use of biometric information of an individual encroaches upon the privacy of an individual.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer Shyam Divan had mentioned before the top court that the deadline was going to expire, so the petitioners should be heard for an interim relief.

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