The Supreme Court has extended the deadline till March 31st next year for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.
The government had earlier said failure to submit Aadhaar number and PAN within the stipulated timelines would mean that the account "will cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number is submitted by the client".
The March 31 deadline is also applicable for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts provided that the person applying for a new bank account furnishes the proof of having applied for Adhar card.
The bench â€"also consisting of Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan- rejected Attorney General KK Venugopal's suggestion that those opening new bank accounts should produce Aadhaar application or the ten-digit Unique Identification number at the bank".
The petitioners had knocked the doors of the Apex Court seeking interim relief on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes.
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All the petitions have now been put for final hearing on January 17, 2018. "As far as Aadhaar linkage with bank accounts is concerned, for existing bank accounts, the last date for the completion of the process may be extended to 31 March 2018".
Mobile phone subscribers were earlier asked to link their number with Aadhaar by February 8.
Taking note of the Centre's submission with regard to linking of Aadhaar with mobile services, the court modified its earlier order and said the deadline of February 6 next year for this objective also stood extended.
The top court's direction extending the interim relief granted earlier came on a batch of petitions contending that Aadhaar could only be insisted upon for availing benefits under six schemes as permitted by the top court by its August 11 and October 15, 2015 order.
The petitioners, including individuals and NGOs, have assailed the Aadhaar scheme on the ground that the collection of fingerprints and iris and other personal details of citizens violated their privacy, besides compromising on their confidential personal data. Accordingly, the deadline was fixed as February 6, 2018.
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