Today Supreme Court extends the Aadhaar linking deadline to March 31, 2018. A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra is set to issue an interim order on the matter on Friday.
The interim order will be in force until a January hearing on the legality of the Aadhaar Act, which has been challenged in court. The previous deadline to link mobile numbers with Aadhaar was February 6.
Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the Centre, said the government was willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 next year for mandatory linking of the national biometric identifier to avail the benefit of various services and welfare measures.
However Attorney General told that Aadhaar should be allowed to remain mandatory for the opening of new bank accounts. There is no word yet on extending the February 6, 2018, deadline for Aadhaar linking with mobile SIM cards.
On the issue of Aadhaar linking with mobile services, the Attorney General said that the deadline of February 6 next year was fixed in pursuance of an apex court direction and the constitution bench may consider extending this deadline also.
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 enroll for. He had said such people would not be denied the benefits of social welfare schemes till March 31.
Source: economic times