The government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend deadlines to link Aadhaar with various schemes to March 31, 2018. The Supreme Court said it would hear a batch of petitions challenging mandatory linking of Aadhaar for various services to citizen after its constitution bench concludes hearing the Delhi-Centre dispute. Meanwhile, the Centre informed the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that it was willing to extend the Aadhaar linking deadlines to up to March 31 next year.
The deadlines for linking of bank accounts is December 31, 2017
The deadlines for linking mobile numbers with Aadhaar is February 6, 2018
Petitioners are pressing for interim stay order to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes
The petitioners have been pressing for an interim stay order on the government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes. On February 6, the SC had asked the Centre to put in place an effective mechanism to scrutinise details of the identity of over 100 crore existing and future mobile telephone consumers. The SC asked the Centre to complete this process within a year. The deadline for linking bank accounts to Aadhaar is December 31, 2017 while that of Aadhaar-SIM linking is February 6, 2018. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said only the Constitution bench will pass an interim order in the matter.
Currently, the apex court is hearing a batch of pleas filed by the Delhi government against the Delhi high court verdict which had held that Delhi is not a state and the Lieutenant Governor (LG) is its administrative head. On October 30, a bench headed by the CJI had said that a constitution bench would be constituted and Aadhaar-related matters would come up for hearing before it. The Supreme Court had on November 3 made it clear that banks and telecom service providers will have to indicate the last date of linking bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their communications with customers. On November 13, the Supreme Court had refused to entertain a plea challenging the linking of mobile numbers with Aadhaar, saying that several similar petitions were already pending before it.