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Deadlines for linking Aadhaar with bank account, PAN, SIM valid: UIDAI


New Delhi, Dec 7(PTI): UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, said today that the deadlines for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID stand "valid and lawful", and there is no change in them.

While the deadline for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is December 31, for SIM cards it is February 6.

Refuting social media messages, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that as on date there is no stay from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services.

"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.

"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 government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish the identity of mobile phone users.

"The mandatory requirements of Aadhaar for PAN, bank accounts, welfare programs, and SIM cards have been challenged in the Supreme Court and no stay has been granted. Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as of today (December 7, 2017)," the statement said.

UIDAI said the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 was passed by the Parliament on March 16, 2016, and notified in the Gazette of India on March 26, 2016.

"Therefore, subsequent notifications issued under section/s of Aadhaar Act for requiring Aadhaar as a primary identifier by various ministries and departments of Government of India and States/UTs Governments for various services, benefits and subsidies hold the field today," it said.

UIDAI asked people not to get misled by an outdated video doing rounds in the social media and Whatsapp and said "People should instead verify their banks accounts, investment accounts, SIM cards, etc as per the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."

"UIDAI has clarified on a video circulated purportedly out of context of a lady lawyer on WhatsApp, Twitter and Social Media and said that the video refers to an order passed by the Supreme Court on August 11, 2015 when the court had restricted use of Aadhaar to only a few programs," the statement said.

The video, it said, does not reflect "true legal position" as it stands today, because, after the said Supreme Court order of 2015, Aadhaar Act was passed by Parliament in 2016.

Subsequent to the Act, notifications have been issued making Aadhaar mandatory for availing various welfare benefits such as public distribution services (PDS), cooking gas LPG, MNREGS, scholarships and pensions.

The Income Tax Act was amended in March 2017 to make Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards. On June 1, 2017, PML Rules have been amended to make Aadhaar mandatory for linking all bank accounts, insurance, pension, mutual funds and DMAT accounts.

"Supreme Court too in Lokniti Foundation case through an order passed in February 2017 has approved verification of all SIM cards with Aadhaar," UIDAI said.

The Apex Court has upheld the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN in the case of Binoy Viswam vs Union of India which mandates Aadhaar for income tax returns and PAN.

Comment on this article

  • Lewis, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 8 2017

    1st Provide a proper Aadhaar "CARD" which is like an ATM card and not a piece of paper. Nowadys even shopping, food stores, cinemas are providing better cards

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Next we will have to link Aadhaar with Christmas card to get gifts from Santa Claus.
    I remember someone on TV saying the linking of Aadhaar card with bank account is extended till 31/03/2018. Total mess the central Govt. Guys take care with this linking process. What about linking Aadhaar card with "VOTERS CARD" ignored totally.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Thats why you shouldnt listen much to these TV guys. be it Arnab or NDTV.
    Govt has very clearly said that the extension is only for people not having AADHAR till now.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    I heard linking of Aadhaar to Marriage Certificate is Manditory ...

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore/Mangalore

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    People should not be frightened regarding linking Aadhaar with mobile,bank accounts,immovable properties etc., by fixing deadline.India is a country of large underestimated people and it will take time.Whstever innovation being done is only for common people and big people politicians have no problem at all as usual.Trend continued even after much bla.bla....since last three and half years.Politics is a safe heaven for scoundrels...

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  • Rajesh, Mulki

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Creating confusion is the name of the game in our country

    DisAgree [2] Agree [10] Reply Report Abuse

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