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

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"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.

The Central government has previously made Aadhaar card mandatory for carrying out nearly all the legal tasks in the country.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was informed by Attorney General K K Venugopal 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. The Centre told the three-judge bench that it will extend the deadline for those who did not apply for the Aadhaar card yet and do not possess any id proof.

The attorney general, however, made it clear that February 6 next year would remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar for availing uninterrupted mobile services as it had been mandated by the apex court.

The apex court said that since the main Aadhaar case was due to he heard at the end of November, a stay was not necessary in the current situation.

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The court said the plea for interim relief would be heard next week after the Aadhaar matter was mentioned by senior counsel P.B. Suresh who appeared for lead petitioner Justice K.S. Puttuswamy - a former judge of the Karnataka High Court. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights. 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 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".

To address this concern of the citizens the Attorney General reportedly said that it would require a judicial order from the SCI itself to extend the deadline to March 31, 2018.

The deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is December 31, while for the mobile number it is February 6.

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