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Aadhaar date for all schemes, services extended till March 31

Aadhaar date for all schemes, services extended till March 31

A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in an interim order, considered the statement of the Centre that it was willing to extend the deadline for linking the national biometric identifier with all services and welfare schemes.

The Supreme Court on Friday extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar to various government schemes, as well as mobile phones and bank accounts, from December 31 to March 31, 2018.

The nine-member Constitution Bench said in its decision that the right to privacy under the Constitution is also the fundamental right.

Posting all petitions challenging Aadhaar Act, the circulars to link it with various schemes and benefits, and the manner of its introduction as a Money Bill in Parliament, to January 17, the apex court directed all departments of the Centre, States and Union Territories to abide by this order till the case is finally disposed of.

Unless the Supreme Court decides otherwise, it's quite clear that the government, which is said to have issued mandates to link Aadhaar with about 139 fields, will have its way of mapping every cardholder's imprint.

Existing Aadhaar cardholders will have to furnish their details to open new bank accounts.

Indian Railways to focus more on women, children safety in 2018
For the year 2018, the Railway Ministry's task will be to fight against the crimes conducted against women and children. The railways had recently identified 983 railway stations for the installation of CCTV cameras using the Nirbhaya Fund.

The government has issued a notification on increasing the mandatory period of the bank and the need for providing information on the bank and accounts for the financial transactions until March 31.

The top court's order extending the deadline for linking Aadhaar with various schemes including bank accounts and mobile phones came on a batch of petitions by the former Karnataka High Court Judge Justice K.S. Puttuswamy, Magsaysay awardee Shanta Sinha, feminist researcher Kalyani Sen Menon and others.

The court accepted the Centre's suggestion and ordered accordingly.

Writing the interim order on behalf of the bench, Justice Chandrachud said the deadline for linking Aadhaar with all schemes would be March 31, 2018. However, there is no mention about the extension of the mobile SIM card to the base from February 6, 2018.

"We also direct that the extension of the last date for Aadhaar linkage to 31 March 2018 shall apply, besides the schemes of the Ministries/Departments of the Union government to all state governments in similar terms as a effect of the extension of the deadline to 31 March 2018, it is ordered accordingly", Justice Chandrachud wrote.


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