1. Aadhaar linking deadlines with bank accounts, PAN, mobile SIM valid, says UIDAI

Aadhaar linking deadlines with bank accounts, PAN, mobile SIM valid, says UIDAI

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.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2017 2:56 PM

 

UIDAI, aadhaar linking, bank account linking, pan linking, sim linking, pan cards, mobile sim cards, mobile sim cards linking, biometric id stand 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. (IMage: Reuters)

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 identify 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 Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on today (December 7, 2017),” the statement said.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 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 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.

  1. Gopalakrishnan Kuzhuppilly
    Dec 10, 2017 at 8:09 pm
    AS the government failed to detect black money and money launderers, they have trying to get information through aadhar. Their effort by demonetization also miserably failed. The linking of aadhar with every thing gives lot of headaches to common people and only harassing them. Out of 35 crore PAN cards issued, only 14 crore could be linked. . The aadhar card issued contains so many mistakes there are millions of people who could not link it with PAN because of mismatch of names, address date of birth etc. In fact at the initial stage the enrolling agencies were not willing to accept certain detail which resulted in this mess.
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      R.Mehta
      Dec 9, 2017 at 9:27 am
      The deadlines should be extended by granting some moretime to people as linking of Aadhar has to be done with various things at different places ,which is time consuming.
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        R.Mehta
        Dec 9, 2017 at 9:23 am
        The time for linking of Aadhar should still be extended by granting some more time to the people ,because as the linking is to be done with various things at diferent places ,it is time consuming process and thus the convenience of people should be considered .
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          Reader
          Dec 8, 2017 at 9:23 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.
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          1. Gopalakrishnan Kuzhuppilly
            Dec 10, 2017 at 8:12 pm
            why nobody had brought this lacuna before the hon.Supreme Court judges who are looking the case against Adhar? This is a very serious matter requiring serious consideration at all levels.
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            Reader
            Dec 8, 2017 at 9:22 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' )
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              Reader
              Dec 8, 2017 at 9:22 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.
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                Reader
                Dec 8, 2017 at 9:22 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.
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                  Roopchand Bajaj
                  Dec 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm
                  I (ROOPCHAND BAJAJ) HEREBY SUGGESTING that Govt. should consider for 1) Those who are Sr. Citizens annual income below Rs.2 Lacs during last 3 years from all sources should be consider to wave from linking of PAN AADHAR to bank account or otherwise open a separate window as well as bank send there employee to visit home with prior notice so account holder keep ready all paper to be submitted. 2) for those who are less then 8 th standard passed and there annual income also less then Rs. 2Lacs during last 3 years from all sources should be consider to wave from linking of PAN AADHAR to bank account or otherwise open a separate window as well as bank send there employee to visit home with prior notice so account holder keep ready all paper to be submitted.
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