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Aadhaar linking deadline to be extended, but with a rider

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:36 IST

Attorney General KK Venugopal said that in respect of 131 services, a notification would be issued.

Aadhaar linking deadline to be extended, but with a rider
Earlier, the deadline was February 6, 2018

The government on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it is ready to extend the deadline up to March 31, 2018 for linking of Aadhaar with various schemes, including one’s bank accounts.

However, Attorney General KK Venugopal – appearing on behalf of the government - expressed some difficulty in extending the deadline of linking Aadhaar with mobile number in view of the earlier ruling of the top court and hence it will remain February 6, 2018.

The Attorney General said that in respect of 131 services, a notification would be issued.

Meanwhile, the top court said it will set up a constitutional bench next week to hear a batch of application seeking interim relief on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile telephone numbers.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwikar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said the Constitution bench that will hear the various plea for interim relief will also indicate the dates when petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act would to taken up for hearing.                                                         

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