Deadline For Linking Aadhaar To Be Extended To March 31. Conditions Apply

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

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

The government has made Aadhaar linking mandatory for bank accounts, PAN cards, mobiles, pensions, scholarships, LPG connections, Public Provident Fund, NSCs and KVPs and more.

Some petitioners in the top court have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as "illegal and unconstitutional".

Attorney General K K Venugopal told the SC that the government will issue the notification on Friday.

Dateline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar card, to avail services in the country, has been extended by the Centre till March 31, 2018.

Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those opposing the Aadhaar scheme, told the bench that the Centre should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar with various services.

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. The official also added that once the new deadline will be crossed then the government might cancel all PANs that have not been linked. Next thing to do is, to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar card number, then verify captcha and then click on "Link Aadhaar" button.

The cancellation will weed out all duplicate PANs and make benami transactions void, the official said.

The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would hear a batch of petitions challenging mandatory linking of Aadhaar for granting various services to citizen next week.

The deadline for linking bank accounts and financial services with Aadhaar was December 31, 2017.

The Supreme Court on October 30 said that a Constitution Bench would start hearing on the clutch of pleas against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November.