Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

SC indefinitely extends March 31 deadline for mandatory Aadhaar

SC indefinitely extends March 31 deadline for mandatory Aadhaar

However, Aadhaar will be mandatory for welfare benefits under Article 7 of the Aadhaar Act.

The Court also ordered that Aadhaar can not be made mandatory for issuance of Tatkal passport. The bench is hearing petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar number.

"The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes is March 31". On December 15 a year ago, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

SC extended March 31 deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar till it rules on petitions challenging validity of Act.

Further, the apex court extended the date for the completion of the linkage of Aadhaar and e-KYC process in respect of mobile phone subscribers till judgment is rendered. At the same time, the section also states that an individual who has not been assigned an Aadhaar number, shall be enrolled for Aadhaar and offered an alternate and viable means of identification for receipt of subsidy, benefit or service till 12-digit biometric number is assigned to him. "Except for giving subsidy, Aadhaar linking can not be mandated by the government." the Supreme Court said.


Justice Chandrachud said even if the court reserved its verdict on March 20, the banks and other institution would have only 10 days left, which might be hard.

There are over 93 government-sponsored schemes that provide subsidy through the Direct Bank Transfer scheme. A judgment in the case, therefore, is unlikely before the end of this month, the report said.

Today's ruling comes after the court started hearing the matter again on March 6 after a group had approached it in December opposing the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, phone numbers and other services. The Bench then called the Attorney General for assistance in the issue. The designated bank branches should cater to people for Aadhaar enrollment and update, even if they do not have an account with that particular branch.

He proceeded to submit that though the Bill was modified in the Rajya Sabha, the modifications were ignored in the Lok Sabha.

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