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Govt extends deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN by 3 months to March 31

As of November, 132.8 million out of 330 million PANs have been linked to Aadhaar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The previous deadline was Jul 31 but was extended to Aug 31 and later to Dec 31, 2017

The on Friday extended the deadline for mandatory linking of with by three months to March 31, 2018.

This is the third extension given by the to individuals to link the (PAN) with the biometric ID.

The Centre had already informed the Supreme that it is willing to extend till March 31 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of to avail various services and

"It has come to notice that some of the have not yet completed the linking of with

"Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with till March 31, 2018," the ministry said.

As of November, 132.8 million out of 330 million PANs have been linked to the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar.

This year, the made quoting of Aadhaar mandatory for filing returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new PAN.

Section 139 AA (2) of the Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the authorities.

The government had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till December 31, pending the Supreme verdict.

The Supreme is hearing petitions challenging the government's decision on Aadhaar.

The apex court has said it may consider setting up of a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of

The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar previously was July 31 but was extended toAugust 31 and later to December 31, 2017.

First Published: Sat, December 09 2017. 02:53 IST