Deadline for Aadhaar linking for govt schemes extended to March 31, 2018

You can link your Aadhaar to govt schemes till March next year but here's a catch

You can link your Aadhaar to govt schemes till March next year but here's a catch

Because the government isn't backing out. Officials involved were unaware of how the data made its way onto the public domain and the glitch revealed the names, addresses, Aadhaar numbers and bank account details of the beneficiaries of Jharkhand's old age pension scheme. If by February 6, 2018, you haven't done due diligence, your mobile connection is liable to be deactivated.

They also pointed out that, despite several court orders saying that Aadhaar can not made mandatory, the government was continuing to force people to link their Aadhaars for various purposes.

The West Bengal chief minister, like several others, feels that the card created mainly to plug leakages in the delivery of state benefits, could be used for identity theft. "I will not link my mobile number to Aadhaar. If the authorities disconnect my phone, let them do it", Mamata said on Wednesday.

Aadhaar was started seven years ago to streamline payment of benefits and cut down on massive wastage and fraud. That still leaves out 60 crore subscribers who are yet to fall in line.

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The court has been hearing various cases related to issues related to Aadhaar.

The court had agreed to constitute a five-judge bench to examine the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme after a nine-judge constitution bench, on August 24, declared the right to privacy a fundamental right. Venugopal said that he would come back and respond to the clarification sought by the court on Monday. This process was initiated by the Centre on July 31, to assuage fears that individual data in possession of the government through Aadhar stands to be exposed if it is mandated that Aadhaar be linked to various programmes and services.

Venugopal informed the bench that taking into account Justice Chandrachud's suggestion, made in his privacy judgement, a government-appointed expert committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice BN Srikrishna was already working towards a robust data protection regime. We want to genuinely protect the interest of the public.

The Supreme Court will hear Mamata Banerjee government's plea challenging the Centre's move to make Aadhaar card mandatory to avail social welfare schemes on October 30.

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