1. Supreme Court extends Aadhaar linking deadline for new bank accounts and mobile phones to March 31

Supreme Court extends Aadhaar linking deadline for new bank accounts and mobile phones to March 31

For those who haven’t linked Aadhaar number with mobile phone accounts yet may breathe a little easy now, as the Supreme Court has extended Aadhar linking deadline for new bank accounts and mobile phone services to March 31.

By: | Updated: December 15, 2017 11:07 AM
Supreme Court has extended Aadhar linking deadline for new bank accounts and mobile phone services to March 31 from the existing December 31. (Image: Reuters)

For those who haven’t linked Aadhaar number with mobile phone accounts yet may breathe a little easy now, as the Supreme Court has extended Aadhar linking deadline for new bank accounts and mobile phone services to March 31 from the existing February 6. It is to be noted that the Supreme Court has said that new bank account can be opened without Aadhaar, but customers will have to furnish the same by March 31. Further, the Supreme Court has also extended the Aadhaar linking deadline for all the Central and State government schemes and services to March 31, 2018.

Yesterday, Attorney General K K Venugopal said that the government is willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for some services. The apex court was hearing pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre’s decision directing mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services such as mobile phone, bank accounts, government schemes and welfare measures. Earlier this week, the government had already extended the Aadhaar linking deadline for existing bank accounts to March 31.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud took up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre’s decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes. The Centre had on December 7 told the apex court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes would shortly be extended till March 31 next year.

On November 27, the apex court had said it may consider setting up a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes. It had on October 30 said a constitution bench would commence hearing on the clutch of petitions against the Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November.

Recently, a nine-judge constitution bench of the apex court had held that Right to Privacy was a Fundamental Right under the Constitution. Several petitioners challenging the validity of Aadhaar had claimed it violated privacy rights.

The Centre had on October 25 told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to receive benefits of government schemes has been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number and were willing to enrol for it.

The Attorney General had told the court that no coercive action would be taken against those who do not have the Aadhaar card but are willing to enrol for. He had said such people would not be denied the benefits of social welfare schemes till March 31.

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  1. Ramaswamy Venkatraman
    Dec 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm
    we both living in canada having permanent card indian pass port likely to come by middle india2018 no aadhar card.bank hdfc says they will seize the account. what we have todo. Kind regards R.V.Raman
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      Reader
      Dec 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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        Reader
        Dec 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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          Reader
          Dec 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm
          The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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            Rajesh Sharma
            Dec 15, 2017 at 2:24 pm
            How can India expect a fair judgment on Aadhaar from a Supreme Court cons-ti-tution bench that includes Modi bhakts like Chief Justice Dipak Misra and AK Sikri? Dipak Misra has openly defended linking of Aadhaar numbers to bank accounts while ignoring the fact that there are thousands of bank accounts created using fake Aadhaar numbers. As expected, UIDAI steadfastly refuses to make a statement admitting this fact. As long as all Aadhaar data starting from 2009 is not re-audited, using it for financial transactions will only encourage money laundering. So when the government itself encourages money laundering indirectly, what moral authority does it have to consider all Indians guilty of money laundering until proven innocent?
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              raju
              Dec 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm
              IT IS AN ABSURD. WHY BRING MODI IN TO PICTURE. ALL STATE GOVTS ARE ADVOCATING THIS. MISUSE OF BENEFITS THRO VARIOUS GOVT SCHEMES SHALL NOT ALLOWED. TRANSPARENCY MUST BE THERE.
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