Aadhaar UIDAI-Linking Of Bank Accounts, Mobiles Phones Extended To 31st March

Aadhaar UIDAI-Linking Of Bank Accounts, Mobiles Phones Extended To 31st March: The government had earlier set a deadline of 31st December for Aadhaar UIDAI-linking. On Wednesday, the government told the court that the deadline can be pushed to the end of March.

The deadline for linking bank accounts, mobile phones and government welfare scheme to Aadhaar UIDAI or national identity cards is now 31st March, the Supreme Court today ordered, accepting the center’s suggestion.The government had earlier set a deadline of 31st December for Aadhaar UIDAI-linking. On Wednesday, the government told the court that the deadline can be pushed to the end of March.

The court today also ruled that new bank accounts could be opened without an Aadhaar UIDAI ID number, but that it has to be furnished by 31st March.

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The order is an interim or temporary one, which will be in effect till the court decides whether making Aadhaar UIDAI – a biometric identification programmed – mandatory for welfare schemes and financial transactions, like getting a loan or filing taxes, violates the constitutional right to privacy. Final hearings on the constitutional validity of the program are set to begin on January 17.

The top court is hearing a number of petitions that have challenged the validity of the 12-digit Unique Identification Number and the government’s move to make it mandatory.

For people who do not have Aadhaar UIDAI yet, the deadline had been extended to 31st March last week.

For linking Aadhaar UIDAI to Mobile Phones Sims, the Centre has left the decision to the Supreme Court. The February 6 deadline has now been pushed to 31st March.

Activists assert that making Aadhaar-linking a necessity violates the individual’s right to privacy, recently recognized by the Supreme Court as a fundamental right. The large-scale sharing of biometric data like iris scans and fingerprinting also leaves room for misuse, they argue.

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