Aadhaar Card Issues

Aadhaar linking deadline for govt schemes extended to 30 June


Mains Paper 2: Governance | Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Section 7 of the Aadhar Act, 2016

Mains level: Decision of extending the deadline for linking Aadhar to avail different services


Extension of deadline

  1. The government has extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar to avail of various services, subsidies and benefits under section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016
  2. The deadline is extended by three months to 30 June
  3. The earlier deadline was 31 March

Importance of section 7 of the Aadhar Act, 2016

  1. Subsidies for cooking gas and kerosene, and even scholarships are transferred to citizens from the Consolidated Fund of India under section 7 of the Aadhaar Act

Other important information regarding the decision

  1. According to an order issued by the policymaking body of the tax department, the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking for filing income-tax (I-T) returns is being extended after “consideration of the matter”
  2. The government has now made quoting Aadhaar mandatory for filing I-T returns as well as obtaining a new PAN
  3. The deadline for linking bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar has already been extended indefinitely,
  4. till the five-judge Constitution bench delivers its judgement on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and the enabling law
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