Deadline for linking Aadhar with mobile number extended until 31st March

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However, the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that those who did not have an Aadhaar number but were opening bank accounts would have to furnish their enrollment numbers for the unique id.

The Centre had earlier this month extended the deadline for mandatory linking of the Unique Identification number to avail various services and welfare schemes up to March 31 next year.

The court also made clear that the interim direction on extension of deadline "shall continue to operate pending disposal of the proceedings before the Constitution Bench" and fixed the clutch of petitions, challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself, for final hearing on 17 January, next year.

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However, the applicant will have to show the proof to the bank that they have applied for the Aadhaar number, Justice Chandrachud, who wrote the unanimous interim order, said. A five-judge Supreme Court bench ordered to extend the date of completion of the E-KYC process for mobile numbers to March 31, 2018.

"We also direct that the extension of the last date for Aadhaar linkage to 31 March 2018 shall apply, besides the schemes of the Ministries/Departments of the Union government to all state governments in similar terms as a outcome of the extension of the deadline to 31 March 2018, it is ordered accordingly", Justice Chandrachud wrote. Till date, States had a different set of deadlines under various schemes while the deadline for linking mobile SIM cards was to expire on February 6, 2018.

On the issue of linking mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, the Attorney General of India told the court that "as regards Aadhaar-based E-KYC for mobile phone subscribers, consistent with the extension of the deadline to 31 March 2018 in other cases, this Court may consider passing appropriate orders".

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The order was passed with consensus of the Centre represented by Attorney General KK Venugopal.

The court had said that those who already possess the Aadhaar number will have to link it with PAN, but it can not be insisted upon in case of people not possessing it. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar have claimed it violated privacy rights.

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