Deadline for Aadhar Card linking

Supreme Court on 30 October had said that a Constitution Bench would commence hearing on the clutch of petitions against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November

The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail government schemes to March 31, 2018.

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

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

The government will issue the notification tomorrow.

The top court did not pass any interim order on the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act as well as linking of 12-digit unique biometric identification number with bank accounts and mobile numbers. Supreme Court lawyer Shyam Divan said that the deadline was going to expire and the petitioners should be heard for an interim relief. 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. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra had in October said that a constitution bench would be constituted and Aadhaar-related matters would come up for hearing before it. "Our case is those who have Aadhaar must also be allowed not to link", said Udayaditya Banerjee, the advocate representing the petitioner. Aadhaar card can be linked, with the customers' mobile banking to the bank accounts. The government had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till 31 December, pending the Supreme Court verdict.

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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