1. Aadhaar card linking with PAN card last date: Good news! Government extends date to 31st March, 2018

Aadhaar card linking with PAN card last date: Good news! Government extends date to 31st March, 2018

Just one day after the government of India told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar card to avail various services and welfare schemes, Centre has indeed extended the last date to link Aadhaar card with PAN card to 31st March 2018.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 8, 2017 1:26 PM
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Just one day after the government of India told the Supreme Court that it will extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar card to avail various services and welfare schemes, Centre has indeed extended the last date to link Aadhaar card with PAN card to 31st March 2018. This announcement comes just one day after the Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, which said it may set up a five-judge Constitution bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on the decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar, that the date might be extended in the near future.

The news was confirmed by the Finance Ministry which in a tweet said, “It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been  decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31st March,2018.”

Attorney General K K Venugopal vehemently opposed before the bench, which also comprised Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, the plea of senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for those opposing the Aadhaar scheme, that the ongoing Aadhaar enrolment process be stayed. “There cannot be a stay on the Aadhaar scheme which has gone on for years,” Venugopal said, adding that the current deadline of December 31 will be extended and a notification to this effect may be issued tomorrow itself.

UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, on the other hand, had issued a notification later in the day clarifying that notifications for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID are valid and there is no change in them. The UIDAI said the deadlines agreed in the court will be the valid timelines for verifications.

The government of India had decided December 21 as the last date for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar. Meanwhile, the last date to link the SIM cards is February 6, 2018.

Refuting social media messages, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had 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.

  1. R
    Reader
    Dec 8, 2017 at 4:49 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.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 8, 2017 at 4:48 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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      1. R
        Reader
        Dec 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm
        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.
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        1. R
          Reader
          Dec 8, 2017 at 4:48 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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