Earlier, RBI had said that linking Aadhaar with bank accounts is not mandatory.
New Delhi: the Centre on Thursday accepted the suggestion of Supreme Court to extend the deadline to link Aadhaar-mobile phone till March 31.
Bank accounts, National Savings Certificates (NSC), Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Kisan Vikas Patra, Insurance policies, Mutual Funds, Permanent Account Number (PAN), SIM cards, DMAT Accounts, Welfare schemes like public distribution services (PDS), cooking gas LPG, MNREGS, scholarships, Prime Minister's Jan DhanYojna, Employees' Provident Fund (EPF), National Social Assistance Programme and pensions among others needs to be linked with Aadhaar by March 31, 2018.
The extension of deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile connections to March 31, 2018, provides an immediate relief to both telecom operators and consumers, industry body COAI said today.
On Thursday, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra heard arguments in support and against the mandatory linkage of Aadhaar for almost three hours in a packed courtroom and said it would pronounce its interim order Friday morning.
About the new bank accounts, it said the last date for completing the process of Aadhaar linking may be also extended and people desirous of opening new accounts will have to produce proof to the bank that he or she has applied for the card.
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Justice Sikri said that his argument is that because this court has passed interim orders, the government had to come to the court before issuing circulars, while Justice Chandrachud said what he was saying concerns reasonableness of the actions but the court was on the validity of the Aadhaar Act.
Activists argue that linking Aadhaar would violate the individual's right to privacy, recently recognised by the Supreme Court as a fundamental right.
The Central government on Wednesday extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar and PAN with bank accounts indefinitely.
Supreme Court has already questioned about Govt.'s compulsion and obsession for linking everything with Aadhaar; and fresh hearings will start from today.
UIDAI on Friday said banks have been asked to install fingerprint and iris scanners in 10 per cent of their branches to expedite Aadhaar enrollment mainly for those seeking to open new bank accounts.
The Attorney General KK Venugopal however said that the notifications were issued on the strength of Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act - a point that was contested by the petitioners.