Aadhaar linking deadline will be extended to March 31, Centre tells SC

Mandatory linking of Aadhaar will be extended to March 31 next year

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 ("Aadhaar Act 2016") on 12 July 2016 by the Government of India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

This extension will include 139 services.

Last month, the apex court refused to put stay on linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones.

Bank account: According to the available information, the deadline for the banks to link the account of the customer with their Aadhaar is December 31, 2017.

However, he expressed some difficulty in extending the deadline on linking with mobile telephones in view of the earlier ruling of the top court.

The Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra assured senior advocate Shyam Divan, representing the petitioners, that a Constitution Bench will hear the matter next week.

The government will issue the notification tomorrow, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the top court this morning.

The Centre today told the Supreme court that it was willing to extend deadline till 31 March next year for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and benefits of government schemes. The deadline for Aadhaar linkage for most of these services, including bank accounts, is now December 31, 2017.

The assurance comes in the wake of a decision by the Supreme Court to set up a special constitutional bench to examine the question of whether making Aadhaar for essential services was valid under the constitution of India.

The linking of Aadhaar with bank account and PAN was made mandatory by the Government of India to vent out all the black money and bring unaccounted capital to the front.

"Today's legal position is that there is no stay as on December 7, 2017, from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services", it added. We have challenged the Aadhaar scheme itself.

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