NEW DELHI, Dec 7:
The UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, today said the law and deadlines for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID are valid and there is no change in them.
While the deadline for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is December 31 and for SIM cards is February 6, the Centre has told the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend the timelines till March 31, 2018.
The UIDAI said the deadlines agreed in the court will be the valid timelines for verifications.
Refuting social media messages, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that as on date there is no stay from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services.
“That Aadhaar Act being in force, all notifications for requiring Aadhaar for various welfare programmes, verifying bank account, PAN card and SIM card with Aadhaar stand valid and lawful,” it said in a statement.
“Today’s legal position is that there is no stay as on December 7, 2017 from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services,” it added.
The Government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish identity of mobile phone users.
“The mandatory requirements of Aadhaar for PAN, bank accounts, welfare programmes, and SIM cards have been challenged in the Supreme Court and no stay has been granted. Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on today (December 7, 2017),” the statement said.
The UIDAI said the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 was passed by Parliament on March 16, 2016 and notified in the Gazette of India on March 26, 2016.
“Therefore, subsequent notifications issued under section/s of Aadhaar Act for requiring Aadhaar as primary identifier by various Ministries and departments of Government of India and States/UTs Governments for various services, benefits and subsidies hold the field today,” it said. (PTI)