The deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes run by the government may be further extended beyond March 31, the Centre indicated in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Centre said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31.
A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan agreed with the contention of Attorney General K K Venugopal.
"We have extended the deadline in the past and we will extend the deadline again but we may do it by the end of month to enable the petitioners in the case conclude the arguments," Venugopal said.
The bench said, "It is a very valid point raised by the Attorney General and the court would not allow repetitive arguments made by the petitioners' counsel in the matter."
On December 15 last year, the apex court had extended till March 31 the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.
The hearing would continue tomorrow.
However, in case you have not yet linked your account, here’s the list of mandatory Aadhaar linkages:-
1) Bank Account
Enter the details, verify, and submit.
Your bank will email or call you, to confirm or verify your details.
2) PAN Card
To link your PAN Card to your Aadhaar number, visit here and click on ‘Link Aadhaar tab’.
Enter your PAN and Aadhaar number or SMS UIDPAN and send it to 567678 or 56161.
3) Voter ID
This is a fairly easy procedure. Visit the official NVSP website here.
Send the SMS ECILINK < EPIC_Number > < Aadhaar_Number > to 166 or 51969
Call 1950 on weekdays, and provide your Aadhaar details and Voter ID number
Download the subsidy form here or go to the official websites of Bharat Gas, HP Gas or Indane.
Fill up the details, and submit it to the closest LPG distributor, with an application.
Or, just call 18000-2333-555, and follow the instructions.
5) Ration Card
This needs to be done from the Aadhaar seeding website here.
Click on ‘Start Now’, and enter all the details.
An OTP will be sent to your phone.
Enter this number and your application will start getting processed, and you will get a notification.
To do this offline, take photocopies of your ration card, and Aadhaar copies of family members, a passport photo of the head of the family, a photocopy of your bank passbook (if the bank is not linked to Aadhaar.)Submit all these to the ration office, and await a confirmation SMS or email.
6) Mobile Number
Download, and print the Aadhaar Update/Correction form, from the provider’s website.
Tick ‘Mobile’, in the ‘Field for Update/Correction’ Mentioned at the top.
Fill in the necessary details in the form, as per your card.
Enter your phone number, and Aadhaar card numbers, in the required fields.
Sign or give your thumb impression.
Mail the application to the Aadhaar office.