Centre extends deadline to link PAN with Aadhaar to March 31

Deadline to link Aadhaar card extended till 2018

Govt extends deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts, schemes

The central government makes mandatory, according to the notification given on May 11, 2017, to link Bank accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), insurance policies, mobile sim, ration card and PAN, with Aadhaar before their deadline.

"The Centre had already informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend until March 31 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes", said a report of Press Trust of India.

The Indian government today extended the date of linking Aadhaar with PAN until March 31, 2018. "Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been made a decision to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31st March, 2018", Finance Ministry said.

However, Senior Advocate Shyam Divan objected to it saying that the deadline should be extended even for those who have Aadhaar.

The Centre's submission came following an urgent mentioning by the petitioners who have challenged the Aadhaar scheme, calling it to be a breach of their fundamental right to privacy.

The attorney general, however, made clear that 6 February next year would remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar for availing uninterrupted mobile services as it had been mandated by the apex court.

He also referred to a white paper on data protection to claim that the Aadhaar Act would have to be overhauled to further tighten the existing data protection regime to push for a late hearing of a host of petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar Act. On the circulating messages on social media, UIDAI has said that on the basis of the Aadhaar card and its linking, the Supreme court has not given any stay. Aadhaar centres have been opened in banks for the convenience of the customers to link it to their accounts.

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