Hon. Supreme Court of India has set a new deadline for Aadhaar linking with the services you avail. These include bank accounts/credit cards, SIM cards, PAN card, and other welfare schemes. At present, linking Aadhaar to these services are mandatory and there is no stay issued by Supreme Court. The newly set date is March 31, 2018, and is subject to change if the need arises.
Supreme Court is extending the due date owing to several factors including Aadhaar privacy concerns. The Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the order of extending the deadline. The income tax department was the first to get the time extension a few weeks back. Several factors have contributed to the deadline extension. Currently, the only failsafe method to link Aadhaar is by visiting customer support centers. However, people prefer online methods which aren’t well implemented at present. So these authorities are asking Govt more time to fix such issues.
PAN & Bank Link Delay
Aadhaar-PAN online linking faced a delay due to demographic mismatches which were resolved at a later stage. These include name and address mismatches in various records. Presently banks including SBI (State Bank of India) are facing this issue and requesting customers to visit the branch in person. It is not sure how long it will take for the authorities to resolve this.
DOT Methods Delay
Moreover, recently DOT announced three new methods to re-verify SIM card with Aadhaar. These were suggested to deal with the faded fingerprint of senior citizens and disabled individuals. However, they are have not set things in motion yet. Currently, subscribers need to visit customer service centres to perform e-KYC authentication for re-verification. It will take time for telecom department to educate such subscribers and get their consent.
Aadhaar Linking Frauds
Recent reports of SIM swap frauds in the name of Aadhaar linking has created confusion among citizens. Another issue worth mentioning is the misuse of Aadhaar authentication system. Carriers like Airtel are opening Payments Bank account for its subscribers while performing re-verification without their consent. This ultimately results in the flow of social benefits and subsidies to these newly seeded bank accounts. Finally, many citizens are yet to get an Aadhaar number, who mainly fear these frauds, hoaxes and privacy issues.
It seems Govt of India has decided to make Aadhaar linking compulsory, but the time frame is too short for actual execution. Things should go smoothly unless and until they face any further stay or delay. However, the feeling of unsafety should have been cleared before implementing such a system nationwide. Hope the article was informative, Peace!