New DelhiThe Union government on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will extend up to March 31, 2018 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes, including ones bank accounts.
The extension, however, will only be given to those who don't have Aadhaar card as yet and for others the dateline will remain same (February 6, 2018) as it was decided by the apex court earlier, said attorney General KK Venugopal. Aadhaar will also be made mandatory to open bank account or to secure loans.
The Supreme Court had yesterday made it clear that banks and telecom service providers will have to indicate the last date of linking bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their communications with customers.
On November 26, the top court had said that it would hear the petitions after its constitution bench concludes hearing the Delhi-Centre governance dispute. 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 CJI Deepak Misra had said in October that a constitution bench would be set up for Aadhaar-related grievances.
The Attorney General had told the court that no coercive action would be taken against those who do not have the Aadhaar card but are willing to enrol for. According to the notification given on May 11, 2017, these services are mandatory to link with Aadhaar before their deadline. They had also objected to the CBSE's alleged move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for students appearing for examinations, a contention denied by the Centre.
Aadhaar is a 12 digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data.