UIDAI: Deadlines for verifying PAN card, bank account and SIM card stand valid and lawful
UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, said on Thursday that the deadlines for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile […]
Sarabjit Kaur December 7, 2017
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UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, said on Thursday that the deadlines for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID stand “valid and lawful”, and there is no change in them. While the deadline for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is 31 December, for SIM cards it is 6 February. Refuting social media messages, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that as on date there is no stay from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services. “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,” it said in a statement. “Today’s legal position is that there is no stay as on 7 December, 2017 from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services,” it added. 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 identify of mobile phone users. “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 Therefore, it is clear that the video is outdated because it does not reflect the latest legal position as on today (7 December, 2017),” the statement said. UIDAI said 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 26 March, 2016.