New Delhi: In what could be a relief for many Indians, the Central government on Friday for the third time extended the deadline for mandatory linking of PAN with Aadhaar by three months to March 31, 2018.
According to NDTV report, UIDAI — the authority which issues Aadhaar had said that deadlines for linking bank accounts and SIM cards are still valid. For bank account, the deadline is December 31 while for SIM cards, it is February 6.
“It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2018,” the finance ministry said.
The Centre had already informed the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend till March 31 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that the government will come out with a notification to this effect on December 8.
Aadhaar Act, which was passed in 2016, was amended in March 2017 to make it mandatory to link PAN. Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act says that every person having PAN as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
In June 2017, the government also made it mandatory to link Aadhaar with bank accounts, insurance, DMAT accounts, mutual funds and pension.As of November, 13.28 crore out of 33 crore PANs have been linked to the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar.
The Supreme Court is hearing petitions challenging the government’s decision on Aadhaar.The apex court has said it may consider setting up of a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of welfare schemes.
With PTI inputs