New Delhi, Oct 25: The government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with government schemes to avail benefits would be extended till March 31 next year.
Earlier the last date to link government schemes with Aadhaar was December 31st.
Attorney General K K Venugopal told the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud “We have decided to extend it till March 31, 2018”.
However, this extension will be applicable to those who do not have an Aadhaar card and were going to enroll for the same.
The lawyer appearing for petitioners, who have challenged the centre’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for government schemes, raised the issue of the mandatory linking of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners, said the main Aadhaar matter should be heard soon, as though the government has decided to extend the deadline till March 31 next year, it has also not said no action would be taken against those who do not want to link their Aadhaar with either bank accounts or mobile numbers.
“Final hearing of the matter is necessary. They can make a statement that they will not take course of action against those who don’t want to link Aadhaar,” news agency PTI quoted Divan was saying.
When Venugopal stated that he wanted to take instructions on certain issues, the bench asked the Centre to mention the matter before it on 30th October.