Willing to extend deadline for linking Aadhaar to services: Centre tells SC

Willing to extend deadline for linking Aadhaar to services: Centre tells SC

Willing to extend deadline for linking Aadhaar to services: Centre tells SC

The centre has told the Supreme Court today that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes will be extended till March 31 next year.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwikar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the Constitution bench that will hear the various plea for interim relief will also indicate the dates when petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act would to taken up for hearing.

The advocate, appearing for those who are opposed to Aadhaar scheme, told the bench that the central government should give an undertaking that no coercive steps will be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar. Aadhaar card has to be linked to PAN card on or before December 31, 2017, otherwise, the PAN card will be blocked.

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 new deadline will be March 31 instead of December 31, and a notification for this will be issued tomorrow, the court was told. Next thing to do is, to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar card number, then verify captcha and then click on "Link Aadhaar" button.

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To address this concern of the citizens the Attorney General reportedly said that it would require a judicial order from the SCI itself to extend the deadline to March 31, 2018.

The Centre had made Aadhaar mandatory to avail various welfare schemes including PDS. This year, the government made the quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new PAN.

"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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