Don't Have 'Aadhaar' Yet? Don't Worry, You Have Time Till March 31, 2018

| October 25 , 2017 , 16:19 IST

Once again the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar cards to avail of government scheme benefits has been postponed, this time to March 31, 2018, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

On behalf of the central government Advocate General K K Venugopal told the apex court that the government will not take any coercive action against those not having Aadhaar cards and nor will they be denied any social welfare benefit schemes until March 31.

While the deadline had initially been announced as September 30, 2017 the date was later extended to December 31, 2017.

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The latest extension in deadline comes in response to a series of petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of compulsory linking of mobile phone numbers and bank accounts with the Aadhaar cards.

Petitioners alleged that making linking of the Aadhaar card with bank accounts and mobile numbers is illegal, and that non-linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts would make citizens liable for persecution under the PMLA Act.

AG K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the Centre would respond on Monday regarding the mandatory linking of bank accounts with Aadhaar cards.

In August, a 9-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court had ruled that the "right to privacy is an integral part of right to life and personal liberty guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution" however the question of validity of the Aadhaar card was not answered.