It has become mandatory for Indian residents to link their Aadhar cards with mobile phones, tatkal passports and bank accounts. The orders have been continuously given to people to get their other identity proofs linked with Aadhar. In fact, this linking has been made mandatory. But recently, the Apex court ordered to extend this deadline from March 31, 2018.
It is issued that deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phones, tatkal passports and for opening bank accounts is extended from March 31, 2018 till the Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra pronounces its final verdict on the validity of the Aadhaar scheme.
This constitutional bench will hear all the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar and its enabling Act. On December 15, 2017, the mandatory linking of Aadhaar was extended from December 31, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
As the Aadhar extension has been provided so one is not required to Aadhaar to link their bank accounts or mobile phone to it until the Supreme Court passes its verdict in the case. Even for tatkal passports, the government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number. This has become the most significant identity document in India. This number is made on the basis of people’s biometric and demographic data.