Aadhaar Not Necessary For Bank Accounts And Phones For Now Says Supreme Court


“SC increases the deadline of Aadhaar linking for indefinite period.”


New Delhi: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday clarified that notifications making Aadhaar mandatory for availing various welfare programmes as well as linking it with bank accounts, permanent account number (PAN) and mobile phone SIM cards remain valid.

This means that consumers will have to adhere to the various deadlines for Aadhaar linking.

However the Supreme Court on March 13 indefinitely extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phones, tatkal passports and for opening bank accounts from March 31, 2018 till the Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra pronounces its final verdict on the validity of the Aadhaar scheme.

Here is no stay from the Supreme Court as on December 7, 2017, on Aadhaar and its linking to various services,” stated the press release.

While the deadline for linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN is 31 December, it is 6 February for mobile phone SIM cards.

Earlier this year, the question of a right to privacy was heard by a nine-judge bench of the apex court. The bench unanimously pronoun

Campaigners and technology experts have raised concern about the privacy and safety of data, the susceptibility of biometrics to failure, and the misuse of data for profiling or increased surveillance.
need that right to privacy is a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution. The judgement would have an important bearing on the Aadhaar hearing as one of the grounds of the challenge is that the use of biometric information of an individual encroaches upon the privacy of an individual.

The court is hearing petitions challenging the mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various social and welfare benefits such as Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, widow pension schemes, direct benefit transfer, National Eligibility Test-Junior Research Fellowship, PG scholarship for professional courses for SC or ST candidates and maternity benefit programmes. Aadhaar has also been mandated for an opening of bank accounts, transferring the provident fund corpus directly to a savings account and filing of income-tax returns.

The government had constituted a 10-member committee of experts, headed by former Supreme Court justice B.N. Srikrishna, to study various issues relating to data protection and make specific suggestions on the principles to be considered for data protection as well as suggest a draft data protection bill. The committee released a white paper on the data protection framework last month seeking public comments.

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