Aadhaar mobile linking: Deadline remains February 6, says Centre

Randolph Lopez
November 4, 2017

Taking note of Mr Venugopal's submission that all petitions relating to validity of Aadhaar have been posted before a five-judge Constitution Bench for final hearing in the last week of November, the court refused to stay the notifications on linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts/mobile numbers and for availing various social security benefits.

The government has said it has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile numbers till February 6th and till March 31 for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts.

Telecom service providers shall also tell customers that last date to link Aadhaar with mobile numbers is February 6, 2018. But as far as opening new bank accounts are concerned, Aadhaar or enrolment ID must be given as proof of identity. Justice AK Sikri replied that even he gets such messages.

This is what the Supreme Court was referring when it observed that panic might set in among people if clarity on the deadline to link Aadhaar to bank accounts and phone connection is not provided.

"Since hearing in the case would start in the end of November and (the bank deadline is) December 31, 2017. there is no need for any interim order".

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However, the petitioners challenging the Aadhaar scheme argue that the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar for public welfare schemes constrict rights and freedoms which a citizen has always been enjoying. The date for doing has been extended to March 31, 2018.

The Centre further added that the 12-digit number and the mobile number must be linked within the stipulated time frame since a decision like extending the deadline can not be extended unilaterally.

Stating that similar pleas were already listed for hearing in the Supreme Court on Friday the matter was mentioned before a Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar.

It then proceeded to issue notice to the Centre and direct the service providers and bank companies to specify the last date to link accounts with Aadhaar. The Centre however stated that it has made a decision to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar with existing bank accounts till March 31.

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