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

Last date for mandatory linking Aadhaar to avail services extended

The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is ready to extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to 131 services and welfare schemes till March 31 next year.

Citizens are required to link their Aadhaar with government services, PAN cards, mobile numbers and bank accounts.

While the deadline for linking mobile numbers with Aadhaar will not be extended beyond the February 6, as it has already been accepted by the top court, the fresh March 31 deadline also comes with conditions.

The Supreme Court will now set up a five-judge Constitution bench next week to hear the pleas seeking stay on the Centre's decision on mandatory linking of Aadhaar. Supreme Court lawyer Shyam Divan said that the deadline was going to expire and the petitioners should be heard for an interim relief. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra had in October said that a constitution bench would be constituted and Aadhaar-related matters would come up for hearing before it.

Mutual funds are also mandatory for the individual to link with Aadhaar card before December, 31 as the deadline.

Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data.

Bank account: According to the available information, the deadline for the banks to link the account of the customer with their Aadhaar is December 31, 2017.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan was told by the advocates representing the petitioners that "panic" was being caused among the people as the messages sent by the banks and mobile service providers were warning them the services would be deactivated if Aadhaar is not linked.

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