The government on Wednesday issued a notification extending the deadline for linking one’s Aadhaar number with a host of government services — especially financial — to March 31, 2018. A constitutional bench of the Supreme Court heard the Aadhaar case on Friday where petitioners were seeking interim relief and refused to issue a stay on linking Aadhaar to government schemes but extended the deadline of linking Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers to March 31, 2018. To dispel any confusion that may arise, we’ve put down quick points on the issue.
Is linking Aadhaar extended indefinitely?
No. On Tuesday, the government issued a notification saying it was extending the deadline until such time that a new date is announced by the government. On Wednesday, the finance ministry issued a notification stating that the new deadline is March 31, 2018.
So the deadline stays, but what all is included?
The extended deadline will cover all financial-related submissions. This includes linking Aadhaar with your PAN card, providing Aadhaar to your bank, linking it with your insurance policy, your mutual funds, shares, post office schemes, and brokerage firms among others.
What about my mobile service provider? Will those messages finally stop?
The deadline to link your Aadhaar to your mobile number has on Friday been extended to March 31, 2018. The matter is related to another Supreme Court order (Lok Niti Foundation case) and the earlier deadline for this was February 6, 2018. So you now have until March 31 to link your Aadhaar with your mobile phone number. Those messages, however, are unlikely to stop.
But some say this is only for those who don’t have an Aadhaar. I have one, does it apply to me as well?
Yes. Initially, there was confusion over whether the deadline extension was for everyone or only for those who don’t have an Aadhaar number/card yet. But today’s notification does not specify any restriction.
What exactly did today’s notification say?
“After considering various representations received in this regard and inputs received from banks, it has been decided to notify March 31, 2018, or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity,” said the Finance Ministry in a statement.
What is Form 60?
Form 60 is a declaration filed by those who do not have a PAN card but enter into a specific financial transaction. If you have a PAN card, you need not be worried about this provision.
I do not yet have an Aadhaar card. Do I need to get one now?
No, there is no hurry . You can wait till the Supreme Court decides on the constitutional validity of the scheme. As of now, the matter is likely to come up for detailed hearing once the Constitution Bench takes up the matter.
So, what happened in Supreme Court today?
A five-judge Constitution bench comprising the CJI and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan heard the petitioners on Thursday and issued an order today stating that there was no need for an interim stay as the government had already extended all deadlines to March 31, 2018. It also passed an order extending the linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone numbers to March 31. The petitioners in the case were seeking interim relief from the apex court and an assurance from the government that no coercive measures will be adopted by government agencies until the Constitution Bench decides on the constitutionality of the Aadhaar scheme.