Aadhaar link deadline for subsidies to be March 31
Constitution Bench will hear pleas against identity scheme next week, says CJI
The government intends to issue a notification on Friday extending the deadline for mandatory Aadhaar linking from December 31, 2017, to March 31, 2018, AttorneyGeneral of India K.K. Venugopal submitted before the Supreme Court on Thursday.
This extension would include 139 government subsidies, benefits or services, which are funded out of the Consolidated Fund of India as per Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act of 2016.
The submissions from the Centre’s top law officer came on an urgent mentioning made by advocates P.B. Suresh and Vipin Nair, joined by senior advocate Shyam Divan, for petitioners for an early hearing of their batch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Aadhaar scheme.
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, heading the Bench, orally assured them that a Constitution Bench would hear them next week on providing interlocutory relief. The extension is also likely to cover Aadhaar linking for bank accounts.