Aadhaar linking deadline extended indefinitely till Supreme Court delivers order

A visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar card in Hyderabad

A visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar card in Hyderabad

Supreme Court extended March 31 deadline for Aadhaar linkages till the constitution bench delivers judgement on the matter. Though today's order applies for mobile numbers, tatkal passports, and bank accounts, people still have to connect their Aadhaar numbers with welfare schemes like Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Mid-day Meal Scheme, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, among others. The Supreme Court says that the government can not insist on providing Aadhaar, even to issue Tatkal passports. The bench is hearing petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar number.

On December 15 previous year, the apex court had set March 31, 2018 as the deadline to link the 12-digit unique number with a range of services.

Previously, the last date stood at March 31. The court granted this in response to a request made by attorney general K.K. Venugopal.

The SC bench comprises of chief justice Misra, jutices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

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. He proceeded to explain the whole concept of the Money Bill by giving examples from the constitutional provisions of Ireland. The order indefinitely extends the deadline of March 31 to link the 12-digit Unique Identification number. He proceeded to submit that other ID's such as the voter ID, Electricity bills etc. are being taken into consideration.

The earlier deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and SIM cards was March 31.

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