1. Aadhaar linking deadline: Centre says will extend date till March 31; everything you should know

Aadhaar linking deadline: Centre says will extend date till March 31; everything you should know

This extension will include 139 government subsidies, benefits or services like the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts but not the linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, he said.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 8, 2017 7:21 AM
Aadhaar linking deadline, centre extend deadline for aadhaar linking The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for availing various services and welfare schemes till March 31.

The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar for availing various services and welfare schemes till March 31. The deadline for Aadhaar linkage for these services is currently December 31. Attorney-general KK Venugopal told a bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that the government intends to issue a notification on Friday (December 8), extending the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with services from December 31 to March 31, 2018. This extension will include 139 government subsidies, benefits or services like the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts but not the linking of mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar, he said. The deadline for linking of mobile phone numbers with the 12-digit unique biometric identification number is February 6. The attorney-general, however, made it clear that February 6 next year would continue to remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar for availing uninterrupted mobile services as it had been mandated by the apex court.

He said that it would require a judicial order from the top court itself to extend the deadline to March 31, 2018, as the government was complying with its another order of February 6, 2017 in the Lok Niti Foundation case that directed the verification process of mobile phone users through Aadhaar linkage, citing national security. The bench assured the parties that it will set up a five-judge Constitution bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre’s decision on mandatory linking of Aadhaar. It indicated that it would be left to the bench to give dates for the final hearing of the petitions.

Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners opposed to the Aadhaar scheme, argued that that the central government should give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar with various services. The hearing also assumes importance as a nine-judge Constitution bench had held that the right to privacy is a fundamental right under the Constitution. The petitions had challenged several aspects of Aadhaar scheme, including the mandatory parting of biometric details like iris scans and fingerprints, thus alleging violation of the citizens’ right to privacy.

Some petitioners have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as “illegal and unconstitutional”. Earlier, the Supreme Court had passed a slew of orders asking the government and its agencies not to make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of their welfare schemes, but had allowed the government to use unique ID for a large number of purposes like welfare schemes and income tax return filing, with a rider that it would not be made mandatory.

  1. pramodkaimalgmail
    Dec 8, 2017 at 9:42 am
    Namaste. Where the HECK is privacy involved in parting of biometric details like iris scans and fingerprints, When I and all know the truth That this is pramodkaimalat typing my privacy is NOT intruded if ANY-body takes and contacts me at the email address so then LEAVE alone the BIOMETRICS where nobody can contact me with to Intrude ha ha ha BE TRUTH so TRUTH FULL so ONE has NOTHING to loose if anybody has any INFORMATION about me (But depending on the way EVEN the Supreme COURT is corrupt one could land in False allegation but how i do not know so NOT WORRIED about any detail about me MADE PUBLIC. The Pe ioner is just a PETTY brother/sister JUST a SECRETIVE COMMUNIST (this addressing includes ALL PARLIAMENTARY WORD ONE CAN THINK OFF HA HA HA) Pranams
    Reply
    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 8, 2017 at 9:25 am
      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.
      Reply
      1. R
        Reader
        Dec 8, 2017 at 9:25 am
        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' )
        Reply
        1. R
          Reader
          Dec 8, 2017 at 9:24 am
          A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. 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. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
          Reply
          1. R
            Reader
            Dec 8, 2017 at 9:24 am
            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.
            Reply
            1. #
              #AADHAARFAIL
              Dec 8, 2017 at 8:44 am
              Mitrons, Link your aadhaar to bank, properties, gold, cows and give up all of them voluntarily just like what you did with "gas subsidy" and old currencies. Otherwise your bank a/c, properties, gold, cows will be forcefully seized by government. You could also be arrested under AML, APL, BPL, CPL acts! Be a good follower of Mahatma Gandhi and link aadhaar with everything and give them up voluntarily. Soldiers are dying in borders, farmers are committing suicide, my pal aadhaar babaji Arun Jaitley is working 24x7 to make sure honest tax payers, businessmen also meet same fate as our farmers and soldiers. Jai Hind.
              Reply
              1. Load More Comments

              Go to Top