In a big relief for common man, Supreme Court on Tuesday has extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhar card — to avail different services and schemes of the Government — indefinitely. The previous deadline which was set was on March 31. The Centre had earlier hinted that the deadline might be extended.
A five judge Constitution bench is formed which comprises of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan who will be hearing pleas which seek a stay on the government decision to make Aadhaar linking mandatory.
Earlier on March 4, In the wake of the banking scams unearthed in the recent past, the ASSOCHAM had opined that public sector banks, in particular, may find it challenging to complete the task of linking Aadhaar with the accounts of all customers by March 31, and therefore called for an extension in the deadline.
In February, The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) reiterated that no essential service or benefit should be denied to a genuine beneficiary for the want of Aadhaar, whether it is medical help, hospitalisation, school admission or ration through Public Distribution System (PDS).