‘Due dates for linking Aadhaar with bank a/c, PAN, SIM valid’

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New Delhi: UIDAI, the expert which issues Aadhaar, said today that the due dates for checking financial balances, PAN cards and portable SIM cards with the biometric ID stand “substantial and legal”, and there is no adjustment in them.

While the due date for checking financial balances and wage charge Permanent Account Number (PAN) by giving Aadhaar is December 31, for SIM cards it is February 6.

Invalidating web-based social networking 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 connecting to different administrations.

“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 administration has made it obligatory for checking financial balance and PAN to weed out dark cash and convey unaccounted riches to book. The same for SIM has been ordered to build up distinguish of cell phone clients.

“The mandatory requirements of Aadhaar for PAN, bank accounts, welfare programs, 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 Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on today (December 7, 2017),” the statement said.

UIDAI said the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 was passed by the Parliament on March 16, 2016 and told 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.

UIDAI requested that individuals not get misdirected by an obsolete video doing rounds in the online networking and Whatsapp and said “individuals ought to rather check their banks accounts, speculation accounts, SIM cards, and so forth according to the present laws and due dates as ahead of schedule as conceivable to keep away from any burden.”

“UIDAI has clarified on a video circulated purportedly out of context of a lady lawyer on WhatsApp, Twitter and Social Media and said that the video refers to an order passed by the Supreme Court on August 11, 2015 when the court had restricted use of Aadhaar to only few programs,” the statement said.

The video, it stated, does not reflect “genuine legitimate position” the way things are today, on the grounds that after the said Supreme Court request of 2015, Aadhaar Act was passed by Parliament in 2016.

Resulting to the Act, warnings have been issued making Aadhaar compulsory for profiting different welfare advantages, for example, open appropriation administrations (PDS), cooking gas LPG, MNREGS, grants and benefits.

The Income Tax Act was revised in March 2017 to make Aadhaar obligatory for PAN cards. On June 1, 2017, PML Rules have been changed to make Aadhaar compulsory for connecting all ledgers, protection, benefits, shared assets and DMAT accounts.

“Supreme Court too in Lokniti Foundation case through an order passed in February 2017 has approved verification of all SIM cards with Aadhaar,” UIDAI said.

The Apex Court has maintained the linkage of Aadhaar with PAN on account of Binoy Viswam versus Union of India which commands Aadhaar for money government forms and PAN.

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