Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts extended indefinitely

Deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts extended indefinitely

Putting an end to the confusion on the deadline to link bank accounts to Aadhaar, The Ministry of Finance has extended the December 31, 2017 deadline to March 31, 2018.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra on Wednesday said the matter will be heard on December 14 after the matter was mentioned for hearing before the court goes into winter recess.

This also gives breathing space to citizens who are yet to link their Aadhaar with other financial products like mutual funds, insurance, PF accounts, post office schemes as the deadline was linked to the deadline for linkage to bank accounts.

The earlier deadline was December 31, 2018. The deadline for this is February 6, next year.

The Centre had, last week, informed the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend the deadline to March 31 for linking Aadhaar for availing welfare schemes.

This extension included 139 government subsidies, benefits or services, which are funded out of the Consolidated Fund of India as per Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act of 2016.

This came after repeated attempts by the petitioners for an early hearing on the issue.

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Mr. Divan had pressed for dates in the first or second week of January 2018, immediately after the Christmas holidays.

Till such time as the Constitution bench passes any orders, the government can continue to use Aadhaar for its various programmes.

Has Aadhaar linking been put off indefinitely? He had urged the court to address this issue immediately. Up before the court are a batch of petitions that have challenged the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.

Citizens enrolling for Aadhaar at a centre in Bengaluru.

On August 24, a nine-judge Constitution bench ruled that privacy is a fundamental right, subject to reasonable restrictions. The verdict is likely to impact on the Aadhaar case before the five-judge bench.

If these customers were not able to meet the deadline, several crore bank accounts would have been rendered inoperative.

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