SC extends deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile, bank accounts

SC extends deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile, bank accounts

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016 is a money bill of the Parliament of India.

Aadhaar will be necessary only for social schemes, the top court, which is hearing a bunch of petitions that have challenged the validity of the 12-digit number, reportedly said.

The Centre was also planning to make it mandatory to link Aadhaar with driving license and voter ID cards, among other things. Well, that's because the last date to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar is March 31, 2018.

In November 2017, the government had extended the linking of Aadhaar card with the Permanent Account Number (PAN) for taxpayers till March 31, 2018.

This order will come as an embarrassing blow for the government, which had given directions to banks and telecom operators to ensure linking of Aadhaar to crores of subscribers.

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A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on March 7 said it may not be possible to decide by March 31 the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.

The deadline for mandatory linking of bank accounts and mobile phones with Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government is extended indefinitely beyond March 31.

The linkage with Aadhaar need not be done till the Supreme Court delivers its judgment in the matter.

This effectively means that the order will not apply in cases where subsidies are given by the government. A judgment in the case, therefore, is unlikely before the end of this month, the report said.

"Mr. K.K. Venugopal, learned Attorney General for India submitted that this Court may think of extending the interim order". The designated bank branches should cater to people for Aadhaar enrollment and update, even if they do not have an account with that particular branch.

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