Central government has extended Aadhaar Linking Deadline for various welfare schemes till 30 June 2018. Supreme Court in its hearing on 28 March 2018 refused to pass an interim order to extend the last date of linking Aadhaar with Welfare Services. So, govt. provides this big relief to people who still does not possess / linked Aadhar Card. Moreover, Aadhaar PAN Card Linking Last Date is also extended till 30 June 2018.
Welfare Schemes are those whose benefits are transferred to citizens through Consolidated Fund of India. However Aadhar linking with mobile numbers, Bank Accounts and Tatkal Passports last date is extended by SC indefinitely till final judgement (13 March 2018).
SC is currently hearing pleas on Aadhaar matter over privacy issue and its constitutional validity.
Aadhaar Linking Deadline (Till Date)
SC on 13 March has extended the deadline for linking aadhaar card with bank accounts, mobile numbers and tatkal passports. However, SC has not extended the Aadhaar linking deadline for welfare schemes as the benefits of these schemes are transferred to citizens through Consolidated Fund of India. People must note the aadhaar linking last date as it stands after 28 March 2018 decision of SC:-
|Services||Aadhar Linking Last Date|
|PAN Card||30 June 2018|
|Bank Accounts||Till Final Judgement|
|Mobile Numbers||Till Final Judgement|
|Welfare Schemes||30 June 2018|
|Tatkal Passports||Till Final Judgement|
Also SC refused to pass an interim order on welfare schemes on 28 March 2018 and central govt. is given the authority to select last date for linking welfare schemes. So, central govt. keeping in view the difficulty faced by the people is giving more time (3 months) to link their Aadhaar Cards to avail the benefits of schemes.
On 27 March 2018, CBDT also extends the Aadhaar PAN Linking deadline till 30 June 2018. Aadhar PAN Linking is mandatory under the Law while this is not the case with other services. In July 2017, Modi govt. under Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act made it mandatory for every person having PAN (as on 1 July 2017) and eligible to obtain Aadhaar to compulsorily intimate his Aadhaar number to tax authorities.
5 Judge bench of SC says that central govt. cannot force people to link Aadhaar Card till the final decision comes on petitions challenging the constitutional validity of biometric system and thus enabling law. As per central govt., Aadhar Linking will bring transparency, weed out black money and help in direct benefit transfer to poor.