Aadhaar: Supreme Court Extends Deadline for Linking With Mobile Phone Connections

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The new interim order passed on Tuesday essentially extends the previous one.

The apex court is now in the process of hearing a clutch of petitions that challenge the validity of the Aadhaar scheme.

On 15 December past year, the apex court had extended till 31 March the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

However, it is still mandatory to link your welfare schemes with Aadhaar to get benefits under Article 7 before the deadline.

Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act says that the Centre and State governments can insist on Aadhaar "for the objective of establishing identity of an individual as a condition for receipt of a subsidy, benefit or service for which the expenditure is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India".

What is section 7? .

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Last week, Attorney General K K Venugopal told the Supreme Court that the government was open to extending the deadline.

The five-judge bench also comprising justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, is hearing on day-to-day basis a string of petitions challenging the Constitutional validity of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

'We can not let this state of uncertainty prevail...' The earlier deadline which was set on March 31st, has now been cancelled. "A banker can not be expected to seek compliance from customers within seven days", Justice Chandrachud addressed Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal during a hearing on March 7.

Aadhaar as an ID has been mandatory by the government for every Indian citizen to avail of various social welfare schemes and government services. Even though UIDAI states that Aadhaar is a most secured service, time by time, several ethical hackers revealed that Aadhaar is not secured after all. The 2017 judgement on privacy was a huge win as it reiterated the fact that the right to privacy is a fundamental right.

In its decision, the five-judge constitution bench of SC said, "Having heard the learned counsel for the parties, we accept the submission made by the learned Attorney General".

Aadhaar is a unique identification provided in form of a twelve-digit number which is based on the biometric and demographic data of a person.

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