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

Sergio Conner
December 7, 2017

The Union of India told the Supreme Court three-judge bench that the dates for linking Aadhaar card to bank account, mobile and many other services will likely be extended to 31st March, 2018.

Aadhaar card is a bigger buzzword and as the central government makes it necessary to link with Bank accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), insurance policies, mobile sim, ration card and perhaps even PAN before the end-December as the deadline.

Attorney General K K Venugopal said that the last date for linking Aadhaar with mobile services will remain unchanged.

The petitioners Arvind Datar and KV Vishwananathan also pointed out that the bank linking and phone linking were entirely illegal and sans authority, responding to which the Court said, "The Constitution Bench is due to hear the main Aadhaar case in November end would consider these issues too".

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Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those who are opposed to the Aadhaar scheme told the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, that the Centre should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar with various services. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.

The Centre had made Aadhaar mandatory to avail various welfare schemes including PDS. According to the notification given on May 11, 2017, these services are mandatory to link with Aadhaar before their deadline.

The deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is December 31, while for the mobile number it is February 6. Next thing to do is, to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar card number, then verify captcha and then click on "Link Aadhaar" button.

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