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 Central government has previously made Aadhaar card mandatory for carrying out nearly all the legal tasks in the country.
A notification to this effect will be issued by the central government on Friday, Attorney General KK Venugopal, who is representing the Centre, told the court.
However, the last date for linking Aadhaar for mobile services will remain February 6 as per the Supreme Court order, the Attorney General said.
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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. You are also required to link your 12-digit unique identification number Aadhaar to mutual fund holdings, insurance policy, PPF and small savings schemes such as Kisan Vikas Patra. The government had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till 31 December, pending the Supreme Court verdict.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those opposing the Aadhaar scheme, told the bench that the Centre should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar with various services. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights. 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.
The apex court said that since the main Aadhaar case was due to he heard at the end of November, a stay was not necessary in the current situation. The deadline set earlier by the government was December 31.