Aadhaar link dead­line for sub­si­dies to be March 31

Con­sti­tu­tion Bench will hear pleas against iden­tity scheme next week, says CJI

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Kr­ish­nadas Ra­jagopal

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.

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