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Aadhar Linking deadline extended to March 2018

Center extends the deadline for the mandatory linking of Aadhar to govt schemes

The Centre will take no coercive action against those who do not possess Aadhaar and will not deny social welfare scheme benefits to them till March 31.

A one-page note, with writing on both sides of it, passed on to a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on October 25 contained the proposal. Offering the three-month leeway for the “Aadhaar-willing” citizens, the note, however, insisted that those already with Aadhaar will be “required” to sync their Aadhaar numbers with SIM cards, bank accounts, PAN and “other schemes where Section 7 (Aadhaar Act) notifications have been issued”.

The government’s suggestion created such a furor in court that Justice Misra asked the government to re-think its proposal to make it voluntary for Aadhaar-holders also.

The court asked Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal, for the Centre, whether it can assure that no “coercive action” would be taken against Aadhaar-holders who do not want to link their bank accounts and mobile phone numbers.

Can we say you (government) will take no coercive action until March 31

Justice Misra asked Mr. Venugopal.

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