New Delhi, December 8: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday clarified that the deadlines for verifying various services like bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the Aadhaar number stand valid and legal. Refuting social media messages, the UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, said that as on date there is no stay from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services.
The deadline for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is December 31 while that of linking the SIM cards with Aadhaar stands that same i.e. February 6, 2018. Failure to do so will amount to deactivation of the bank accounts, PAN will get invalid and the mobile numbers will get disconnected. “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,” the UIDAI 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.
As per reports by PTI, UIDAI has urged people not to get misled by an outdated video doing rounds in social media and Whatsapp. The UIDAI urged people to instead verify their bank accounts, investment accounts, SIM cards, etc as per the current laws and deadlines as early as possible to avoid any inconvenience.”
“UIDAI has clarified on a video circulated purportedly out of the 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 said, does not reflect “true legal position” as it stands today, because, after the said Supreme Court order of 2015, Aadhaar Act was passed by Parliament in 2016.
The government has made it mandatory for verifying bank account and PAN to weed out black money and bring unaccounted wealth to book. The same for SIM has been mandated to establish identity of mobile phone users. The statement further added saying that 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 Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as of today (December 7, 2017).
Apart from bank accounts, PAN and SIM linking, notifications have been issued making Aadhaar mandatory for availing various welfare benefits such as public distribution services (PDS), cooking gas LPG, MNREGS, scholarships and pensions. The Income Tax Act was amended in March 2017 to make Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards. On June 1, 2017, PML Rules have been amended to make Aadhaar mandatory for linking all bank accounts, insurance, pension, mutual funds and DMAT accounts.
As per reports, the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 was passed by the Parliament on March 16, 2016 and notified in the Gazette of India on March 26, 2016. “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”, the UIDAI said in a statement.