Aadhaar linking deadline extended indefinitely

Aadhaar linking deadline extended indefinitely

The Supreme Court has made a decision to extend the mandatory linking of Aadhaar details with services until the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court passes its judgement on the same.

"While the extension is certainly welcome, it is also important to note that there now is some uncertainty about whether this extension applies to linkages made mandatory under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act". "The government can not insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport", the Supreme Court said.

The final hearing in the Aadhaar validity case started on January 17, 2018. The date was earlier set to March 31.

A five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan passed the interim order.

Apparently. the confusion will still prevail that is, the scheme which was earlier introduced as a voluntary exercise specially to keep a check on discrepancies in public distribution system for social and other government sponsered benefits and subsidies.

The hearing began with submissions advanced by Senior Advocate P Chidambaram. This hampers the basic part of the Constitution i.e. the federal structure, Chidambaram argued.

As of March 2017, India issued 1.14 billion Aadhaar cards, covering 85 per cent of the population, as per the State of Aadhaar Report 2016-17. Furthermore, the government has also asked all citizens to link their Aadhaar IDs to their bank accounts, mobile numbers, insurance policies, PAN (Permanent Account Number) and other services.

"The government can not insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport".

Attorney General KK Venugopal submitted that the directives of the Supreme Court are being properly complied with.

The court order also extended this extension to the issuance of passports.

"The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes is March 31".

The matter will be heard again tomorrow.

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