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'Deadlines for linking Aadhaar with bank a/c, PAN, SIM valid'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, said today that the deadlines for verifying 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 accounts and Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing is December 31, for SIM cards it is February 6.


Refuting messages, the Unique Identification Authority of (UIDAI) said that as on date there is no stay from the Supreme on and its linking to various services.

"That Act being in force, all notifications for requiring for various welfare programmes, verifying account, PAN card and SIM card with 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 on and its linking to various services," it added.

The has made it mandatory for verifying 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 for PAN, accounts, welfare programs, and SIM cards have been challenged in the Supreme 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 Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on today (December 7, 2017)," the statement said.

said the (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 on March 26, 2016.

"Therefore, subsequent notifications issued under section/s of Act for requiring as primary identifier by various ministries and departments of of and States/UTs Governments for various services, benefits and subsidies hold the field today," it said.

asked people not to get misled by an outdated video doing rounds in the and Whatsapp and said "people should instead verify their banks accounts, investment accounts, SIM cards, etc as per the current laws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."

"has clarified on a video circulated purportedly out of context of a lady lawyer on WhatsApp, Twitter and and said that the video refers to an order passed by the Supreme on August 11, 2015 when the had restricted use of 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 order of 2015, Act was passed by Parliament in 2016.

Subsequent to the Act, notifications have been issued making mandatory for availing various welfare benefits such as public distribution services (PDS), cooking gas LPG, MNREGS, scholarships and pensions.

The Act was amended in March 2017 to make mandatory for PAN cards. On June 1, 2017, PML Rules have been amended to make mandatory for linking all accounts, insurance, pension, mutual funds and DMAT accounts.

"Supreme too in Lokniti Foundation case through an order passed in February 2017 has approved verification of all SIM cards with Aadhaar," said.

The Apex has upheld the linkage of with PAN in the case of Binoy Viswam vs Union of which mandates for returns and PAN.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 14:25 IST
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