The Supreme Court was informed today by Attorney General KK Venugopal that the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes for benefits will be extended till December 31.

Venugopal told the court that the existing deadline of September 30 would be extended by three months. Over 30 government schemes have made it mandatory to furnish Aadhaar details for enrolment.

Venugopal made the statement after senior counsel Shyam Divan, appearing for a batch of petitioners, said that if government was inclined to extend the deadline, then the matter could be heard in November.


Meanwhile, a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Amitava Roy and Justice AM Khanwilkar said it will hear a batch of petitions in Aadhaar-related matters in the first week of November.

The future of Aadhaar is uncertain after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling which declared right to privacy a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution.

Against the backdrop of Aadhaar controversy, the apex court expressed the hope that the central government would take necessary steps putting in place a robust regime for data protection.

“But the data has to be utilised for legitimate purposes and not unauthorisedly for extraneous purposes. This will ensure legitimate concerns of the State are duly safeguarded while, at the same time, protecting privacy concerns,” it said.

The government had in June notified rules that required all assessees to mandatorily link their Aadhaar number with their PAN effective from July 1.
It had also said that from July 1 onwards, every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar enrolment ID number for filing of income tax returns as well as for applications for PAN.

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