Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Aadhar Linking deadline extended to 30 March 2018

Deadline for Aadhar Card linking Deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar extended to March 31, 2018: Centre tells Supreme Court
Sammy Stanley | 07 December, 2017, 13:24

The government also informed the Apex court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar has been extended till March 31, 2018.

The Attorney General, however, made it clear that February 6 next year would remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar for availing of uninterrupted mobile services as it had been mandated by the apex court.

Aadhaar card is a bigger buzzword and as the central government makes it necessary to link with Bank accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), insurance policies, mobile sim, ration card and perhaps even PAN before the end-December as the deadline.

Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that it was ready to extend the last date. Our goal is, all duplicate PANs should be eliminated which are not linked to Aadhaar card.

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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 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 video, it said, does not reflect "true legal position" as it stands today, because after the said Supreme Court order of 2015, Aadhaar Act was passed by Parliament in 2016. This year, the government made the quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new PAN.

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

"Supreme Court too in Lokniti Foundation case through an order passed in February 2017 has approved verification of all SIM cards with Aadhaar", UIDAI said.

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