You can link Aadhar with govt schemes till Mar 31


The government has said that it will extend the deadline to link Aadhaar to government welfare schemes from December 2017 to March 2018. The government informed its decision regarding Aadhaar linking to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

AG K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the Centre would respond on Monday regarding the mandatory linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar cards.

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The deadline for seeding would be extended from December 31 to March 31, 2018, for residents who do not have the 12-digit unique identification number.

According to news agency ANI, the extension of deadline applies only to those who do not have Aadhaar cards. However, "those having Aadhaar would be required to seed it with SIM cards, bank accounts and other schemes", a note circulated by the Union government stated. Venugopal said he will take instructions from the government on this and get back by October 30.

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The court sought clarification as senior counsel Shyam Divan and Anand Grover appearing for the batch of petitioners urged the court that government should refrain from taking any coercive action not only against those who don't have Aadhaar but also those who have but consciously not linking with Abank accounts, PAN, mobile numbers and other government schemes.

During the course of the hearing, the court sought to know if the government could promise that no coercive would be taken against those who chose not link their Aadhaar until the SC takes a final call. Pointing out that several complaints had been received about the hacking of accounts after Aadhaar was linked, he prayed for a stay of the notifications.

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Right activists, however, say people are being denied benefits such as subsidised food for want of Aadhaar, which is also facing legal challenges for violating privacy. Venugopal, however, maintained that no interim order was passed by the apex court after passage of the Aadhaar Act.