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.
Earlier, senior advocate Shyam Divan, who led the arguments challenging Aadhaar and its enabling Act, had asked that the deadline of March 31 be extended as it was highly unlikely that the hearing in the case would conclude.
The issue of the mandatory Aadhaar linking has been under scrutiny for a while now, and multiple application for the extension of its deadline have been applied and approved in a few instance.
This was part of the court's final hearing in the matter of K S Puttaswamy vs Union of India, along with 28 other petitions. She was to travel to Bangladesh to participate in a conference and in the absence of Aadhaar she can not get her passport.
The court has said that mandatory Aadhaar linking with bank accounts and mobile phones will stand extended indefinitely till then.
Earlier, the top court had observed that the alleged defect of citizens' biometric details under the Aadhaar scheme being collected without any law could be cured by subsequently bringing in a statute. This extension, however, will not apply to availing services and subsidies under section 7 of Act, reports said.
The government had made it to link Aadhaar with welfare schemes insisting that it was necessary to weed out benami deals and black money. He proceeded to submit that other ID's such as the voter ID, Electricity bills etc. are being taken into consideration.
UIDAI was created with the objective to issue Unique Identification numbers (UID), named as "Aadhaar", to all residents of India that is (a) robust enough to eliminate duplicate and fake identities, and (b) can be verified and authenticated in an easy, cost-effective way.
Aadhaar is now mandatory for welfare, pension and employment schemes.
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