This Aadhaar linking deadline is not changing

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The Centre on Thursday informed Supreme Court that deadline to link Aadhaar Card with various schemes will be extended till March 31, 2018.

Last month, the government had told the court, which is hearing petitions against making Aadhaar linking to bank accounts, mobile phone numbers and others mandatory, that it is willing to extend the deadline toMarch 31, 2018.

"Therefore, subsequent notifications issued under section/s of Aadhaar Act for requiring Aadhaar as primary identifier by various ministries and departments of Government of India and States/UTs Governments for various services, benefits and subsidies hold the field today", it said.

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The Centre had made Aadhaar mandatory to avail various welfare schemes including PDS.

"The mandatory requirements of Aadhaar for PAN, bank accounts, welfare programs, and SIM cards have been challenged in the Supreme Court and no stay has been granted".

Earlier this year, the government made it mandatory to link Aadhaar card to SIM card. Our goal is, all duplicate PANs should be eliminated which are not linked to Aadhaar card.

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Appearing for the Centre, Attorney General KK Venugopal told the court that it was ready to extend the last date. On June 1, 2017, PML Rules have been amended to make Aadhaar mandatory for linking all bank accounts, insurance, pension, mutual funds and DMAT accounts. The deadline to link Aadhaar card to mobile connection is fixed to February 2018.

The three-judge bench of the apex court which was hearing the case said it would set up a constitutional bench to hear interim pleas.

Social service schemes: The 135 Total social service scheme including MNREGA, LPG, Ration Card and the beneficiaries should link their Aadhaar Card number on or before December 31, 2017.

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