Ready to extend Aadhaar deadline to March 31, Centre tells SC

Ready to extend Aadhaar deadline to March 31, Centre tells SC

The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme court that it was willing to extend deadline till March 31 next year for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and benefits of government schemes.

While the deadline extension will be applicable on several schemes, there will be no change in last date for linking Aadhaar with mobile numbers which is to be done on or before February 6, 2018 by judicial orders.

A notification to this effect will be issued by the central government on Friday, Attorney General KK Venugopal, who is representing the Centre, told the court. A bench headed by CJI Deepak Misra had said in October that a constitution bench would be set up for Aadhaar-related grievances.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said only the Constitution bench will pass an interim order in the matter.

The court has agreed to hear petitions challenging Aadhaar next for interim relief.

Eralier, quoting a government official PTI reported that the government will give additional three-six months to link the biometric identifier Aadhaar with PAN in case the Supreme Court rules in its favour.

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

The petitioners have moved the top court seeking a stay on the government making Aadhaar linkage mandatory for bank accounts, mobile numbers, saying it infringes upon an individual's right to privacy. Aadhaar card can be linked, with the customers' mobile banking to the bank accounts.

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".

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