Aadhaar linking deadline extended to March 31

Centre extends mobile-Aadhar linking until 6 February

The deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts and various government schemes will be pushed back from December 31 to March 31, the government has told the Supreme Court today.

This is the third time within this year that the Union finance ministry has been forced to extend the deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linking.

Attorney General K K Venugopal who represents the Centre in this case had said the bench that the Centre was willing to extend the deadline of 31 December to 31 March next year for linking of Aadhaar with various services and schemes.

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That said, the mandatory mobile number and Aadhaar linking's deadline is still February 6, 2018, but it might receive an extension as well.

The Centre's submission came following an urgent mentioning by the petitioners who have challenged the Aadhaar scheme, calling it to be a breach of their fundamental right to privacy. The CJI-headed bench said it would consider posting the matter before a Constitution bench next week to hear arguments on interim relief sought by the petitioners.

The decision has been taken after the tax authorities noticed that some of the taxpayers were not able to link the both the documents which slowed down the returns filing process. the tax department had earlier extended linking of Aadhaar with PAN from 31 August to 31 December, 2017.

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The information was given by VJ Kannan, Chief Executive Officer of Indian Bank Association that So far only less than 50% of bank accounts have been linked to Aadhaar number while its deadline for linking has less than 25 days are left.

A-G Venugopal informed the Bench that the Government undertaking not to take any coercive steps will apply only in cases where citizens have yet not made their Aadhaar cards. They had also objected to the CBSE's alleged move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for students appearing for examinations, a contention denied by the Centre.

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