Centre extends mobile-Aadhar linking until 6 February

Supreme Court on 30 October had said that a Constitution Bench would commence hearing on the clutch of petitions against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November

The Supreme Court on October 30 said that a Constitution Bench would start hearing on the clutch of pleas against Aadhaar scheme from the last week of November. "Our case is those who have Aadhaar must also be allowed not to link", said Udayaditya Banerjee, the advocate representing the petitioner.

For mobile phone numbers, the last date was and remains February 6, 2018, one year from the Lokniti Foundation judgement. But after that the PAN, if it is not linked, will be cancelled.

Aadhaar card is a bigger buzzword and as the central government makes it necessary to link with Bank accounts, Public Provident Fund (PPF), insurance policies, mobile sim, ration card and perhaps even PAN before the end-December as the deadline. Next thing to do is, to enter your 12 digit Aadhaar card number, then verify captcha and then click on "Link Aadhaar" button.

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It has also made Aadhaar mandatory for obtaining benefits under the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) pension scheme - a scheme meant for senior citizens reports Zee News. They are the ones who are using this duplicate PAN for opening bank accounts and then they are transacting and they are not filing returns.

Some petitioners in the top court have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as "illegal and unconstitutional". The government had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till 31 December, pending the Supreme Court verdict.

A constitution bench will be setup by next week to hear the interim pleas demanding stay on Centre's order of mandatory linking of Aadhaar Cards with the various schemes.

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