Deadline to link Aadhaar extended

The government has extended until June 30 the deadline for linking Aadhaar numbers with welfare schemes in which benefits are transferred to citizens from the Consolidated Fund of India.

An office memorandum of the ministry of electronics and information technology, issued on December 7 last year, said the linking must be done by March 31. The fresh memorandum on Wednesday referred to the earlier order and said the deadline now may be read as June 30.

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday declined to issue any direction to extend the deadline.

On March 13, the top court had extended the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar numbers with bank accounts and mobile phones until a verdict was given in a bunch of cases challenging Aadhaar’s validity being heard by the Constitution bench.

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