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Aadhaar Linking Deadline Extended: 5 Developments So Far

13 March 2018

In a major relief to those who still haven't linked their Aadhaar cards with bank accounts and mobile numbers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the deadline from March 31 indefinitely till the final judgement in the controversial case. The advocates of Aadhaar opined that linking of UID to mobile phone numbers and bank accounts is in the welfare of the Indian citizens.

The apex court had, on December 15 past year, extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phones to March 31.

Lawyers for the petitioners hint that the court may have excluded Section 7 benefits from the extension because it is statutorily protected by the Aadhaar Act itself, whereas the other linkings like PAN, mobile phones, etc., are based on other statutes or even executive notifications. However, as reported by PTI, you may still have to provide your Aadhaar to avail of any government services and benefits like LPG and kerosene subsidies, and government scholarships.

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India launched Aadhaar in 2009 to restructure welfare payments, said UIDAI.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra had on 7 March said it may not be possible to decide by 31 March the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act.

In January, Aadhaar was made mandatory not only for the renewal of passport, but also for new passports issued within three days under the tatkaal category - an order that has been challenged by activist Vrinda Grover.

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Earlier in March, Centre had told the bench that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31.

For many of us March 31 was looming large over our heads - what with us having to link many of our essential services with our Aadhaar.

There's a good news for those who were fretting over linking their Aadhaar number with their bank or mobile numbers. "A banker can not be expected to seek compliance from customers within seven days", Justice Chandrachud addressed Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal during a hearing on March 7.

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Aadhaar Linking Deadline Extended: 5 Developments So Far