The Hon. Supreme Court of India on 13 March 2018 has extended the Aadhaar linking deadline for various services. This extension is indefinite until the bench hearing the matter delivers a judgment. However, linking is still mandatory for subsidies and benefits under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act.
The apex court have been hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar act. The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the previous deadline isn’t enough to take decisions. So the Supreme Court said in its interim order that the Government should not insist Aadhaar for various services except subsidy.
“The government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar for bank accounts, mobile phones even for issuance of Tatkal passport,” said Supreme Court.
The petitioners are arguing that the mandatory linking of the 12-digit Aadhaar number with services will compromise an individual’s privacy. Moreover, several deaths had occurred due to starvation on account of errors in the Aadhaar-based public distribution system. Meanwhile, government was planning to make Aadhaar linking mandatory for driving licence and voter ID cards, among other things.
So it is not mandatory to link Aadhaar to your bank accounts or mobile numbers until Supreme Court delivers a verdict. The banks and financial institutions can now stop pestering the customers for the time being. Even with these minor setbacks, the Aadhaar system has endless possibilities, but its safety or security is still questionable. Hope the article was informative, Peace!