Ready to extend deadline to link Aadhaar with services: Centre to SC

NEW DELHI: The central government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it was willing to extend up to March 31 next year the deadline to link Aadhaar with various schemes and services, including bank accounts and phone numbers.

The current deadlines for linking of bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar,  are December 31 this year and February 6, 2018 respectively.

But the court didn’t provide relief to the petitioners, who have been seeking an interim stay order on making Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes until all cases pertaining to linkages were resolved.

This means government agencies can continue to ask for Aadhaar numbers for schemes and services.

Attorney general KK Venugopal told the court that the government can extend the deadline to March 31 next year.

The government had earlier agreed to provide extension to only those who don’t have Aadhaar.

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