SC to pronounce order on Aadhaar card requirements for filing IT return

Making amendments in the Finance Bill earlier, the government had proposed to make Aadhar card mandatory for filing income tax return and applying for permanent account number (PAN) and said the new rule will come into effect on July 1.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 9, 2017 8:43 am
Aadhar card, Aadhar card mandatory for IT return, IT return, SC on aadhar card mandation Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce its order on mandatory requirements of Aadhaar card for Income Tax Return.

The Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce its order on mandatory requirements of Aadhaar card for filing income tax returns. Making amendments in the Finance Bill earlier, the government had proposed to make Aadhar card mandatory for filing income tax return and applying for permanent account number (PAN) while saying the new rule will come into effect on July 1. The government had earlier informed the apex court that the PAN will be rendered invalid from July 1 and not from when a person had applied for it if a user does not link her Aadhaar card details.

The government had earlier informed the apex court that the PAN will be rendered invalid from July 1 and not from when a person had applied for it if a user does not link her Aadhaar card details.  Defending its decision to make Aadhaar card mandatory in filing I-T return, the government had earlier said the move would help to weed out fake and fraudulent financial accounts. Citing the example of individuals making more than one PAN card, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi earlier told the two-judge bench headed by Justice A K Sikri, “Today, anybody can get a PAN card with any name on it. A person can get several PAN cards — say, as Mukesh Gupta, then another as Mukesh Kumar Gupta, and a third as M K Gupta, so on and so forth”.

As per the orders from Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), from June 1 onwards every device that uses Aadhar authentication will be following its new encryption standards. The new encryption adds another security layer to the hardware at a time when such devices are all set to take the centre stage in biometric-based digital payments. Speaking to PTI, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of UIDAI had earlier said, “We have recently come out with new specifications and asked manufacturers and vendors to go for STQC certification as per the new standards. We have advised that from June 1, they should get devices on the new specifications and that the existing devices should be upgraded to the new norms”.

The government also plans to make the Aadhaar card, passport or PAN mandatory for booking air tickets in the coming three-four months. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday said, “The government has constituted a technical committee that will prepare a white paper on this proposal in 30 days”. The minister said, “There are various ways of securing the unique identification. Clearly, the best way of doing it is by using Aadhaar and other ways are by using a passport or PAN card. As an ‘incentive’, passengers will be able to avail a paperless and seamless travel experience.”

“Once a passenger book his tickets, the unique ID, along with PNR, will provide all their information and will also serve as a digital boarding pass”, the minister added.

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    P.D. Law
    Aug 25, 2017 at 9:30 am
    Plenty of s even in Supreme Court. Nothing will ever happen in our country for improving the systems and methods as long as the desire to go on making a lot of money illegally is not KILLED.
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      P.D. Law
      Aug 25, 2017 at 9:29 am
      Plenty of s seem to rule even the Supreme Court. Our country can NEVER improve if the people do not want improvement... and only want to go on making money some how or the other.
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        Vinay
        Jun 9, 2017 at 4:12 pm
        Aadhar will exclude those whose fingerprints cannot be scanned like those without hands, the disabled and elderly who cannot make it to the aadhar centre or those with disorders that result in smooth fingers (without the ridges) like some types of cancer and genetic problems. The government has not devised any alternative for these unfortunate citizens as iris scanners are not being used for linking aadhar to these services. For example using aadhar number for getting or validating mobile SIM or using bank account or boarding commercial aircrafts has now become off limits for them.
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          krishna
          Jun 9, 2017 at 1:29 pm
          “Today, anybody can get a PAN card with any name on it. A person can get several PAN cards — say, as Mukesh Gupta, then another as Mukesh Kumar Gupta, and a third as M K Gupta, so on and so forth” This shows the immaturity of the system which has been designed, forced to follow...Who is the person who designed this? Who is the one endorsed it? Who are the people who forced other to follow it!! If somebody says this after this many years of enforcement, it only means that the system is sleeping all these years.
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            Parshulakshya
            Jun 9, 2017 at 1:04 pm
            only corrupt are afraid of AAdhar Card and they are opposing. Supreme Court should not interfere into Executive domain.
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              Vinay
              Jun 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm
              I guess, those with genetic disorders, amputees and diseases like cancer are among the corrupt. Today my wife and I went to Airtel customer care centre for linking Aadhar. My wife has a gentic disorder which has resulted in her fingerprins being malformed from birth. Airtel said that she cannot have her two mobile numbers linked and the only solution is to have the SIM cards transferred to my name. For that it will have to be made postpaid with minimum Rs 230 per month charges for 4 months and then it can be reverted back to prrepaid. So for two months Airtel is going to make her pay Rs 1840. Now anybody with problems of fingerprints is going to be excluded from all services with which Aadhar is linked.
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