The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, mobile phones, and bank accounts from December 31 to March 31, 2018.
The deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile services was earlier set on February 6 while that for new bank accounts was December 31.
However, the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that those who did not have an Aadhaar number but were opening bank accounts would have to furnish their enrollment numbers for the unique ID.
The interim order would be subject to the final outcome of the batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act on the grounds of it violating the fundamental right to privacy.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has also agreed to Congress leader Jairam Ramesh's plea against government introducing Aadhaar Act as a Money Bill in the parliament.
The apex court has also extended Aadhaar linkage for all services provided by the Centre and states to March 31. This means those availing welfare schemes have time till March 31 to link their accounts with the government’s biometric capture. The move follows the Centre updating the court on Thursday about extending deadlines for all services.
The next hearing would take place on January 17, 2018.
(with inputs from IANS)