"There can not be a stay on the Aadhaar scheme which has gone on for years", Venugopal had argued, adding that the current deadline of December 31 will be extended till March 31 next year and a notification to this effect may be issued on Saturday. This, however, will not apply to the Aadhaar - mobile subscriber linking as it is in pursuant of a different court order and has to be completed by February 6, 2018.
Under the provisions of the recently introduced section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961, with effect from July 1, 2017, all taxpayers with an Aadhaar number are required to link it with their PAN, the ministry said.
"Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been made a decision to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2018", CBDT said.
The Centre had on October 25 told the top court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to receive benefits of government schemes has been extended till March 31, 2018 for those who do not have the 12-digit unique biometric identification number and were willing to enrol for it.More news: BBC SLAMMED over 'RACIST' question to London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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The Supreme Court today agreed to list the case relating to Aadhaar for interim relief.
UIDAI asked people not to get misled by an outdated video doing rounds in the social media and Whatsapp and said "people should instead verify their banks accounts, investment accounts, SIM cards, etc as per the current laws and deadlines as early as possible to avoid any inconvenience". Aadhaar centres have been opened in banks for the convenience of the customers to link it to their accounts. The Aadhaar mandates for welfare schemes were issued by the Modi government with an aim to stop pilferage of fodgrain subsidy money.
If your data is different than what is mentioned in the PAN then Aadhaar linkage may not be successful.