Image Source: Google Photograph: (Others)
Petitioners will have to link their mobile numbers to their 12-digit Aadhaar number by February 2018
UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, has come up to reject all speculations revolving around the extension of this month's deadline. "That Aadhaar Act being in force, all notifications for requiring Aadhaar for various welfare programmes, verifying bank account, PAN card and SIM card with Aadhaar stand valid and lawful," it said in a statement.
While the last date for linking the unique identification number with bank accounts, insurance policies, PAN, ration card and UAN remains December 31, 2017, petitioners will have to link their mobile numbers to their 12-digit Aadhaar number by February 2018.
"Today's legal position is that there is no stay as on December 7, 2017, from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services," it added. The UIDAI has also asked people not to get misled by an outdated video doing rounds in the social media and Whatsapp, "people should instead verify their banks accounts, investment accounts, SIM cards, etc as per the current laws and deadlines as early as possible to avoid any inconvenience," the official statement clarified.
In March 2017, the Income Tax Act was amended to make Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards. PML Rules were also amended this year in June to make Aadhaar mandatory for linking all insurance policies, bank accounts, pension, mutual funds and DMAT accounts among others.
Speculations and rumours around the extension of Aadhaar-linking got stronger when media reported Thursday on the fact that the central government informed the Supreme Court about its willingness to extend this year's deadline to March 31, 2018.
(With inputs from PTI)