Centre on Thursday has told the apex court that it shall extend Aadhar linking deadline until 31 March next year.
Last month, the government had told the court, which is hearing petitions against making Aadhaar linking to bank accounts, mobile phone numbers and others mandatory, that it is willing to extend the deadline to 31 March, 2018.
Mobile sim cards still have time to link with Aadhaar, as the deadline for mobile sim linking is February 6, 2018.
The Supreme Court will be setting up a five-judge Constitution Bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre's decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar. According to the notification given on May 11, 2017, these services are mandatory to link with Aadhaar before their deadline.
The Supreme Court had yesterday made it clear that banks and telecom service providers will have to indicate the last date of linking bank accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar in their communications with customers.
Some petitioners in the top court have termed the linking of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as "illegal and unconstitutional".
The court has agreed to hear petitions challenging Aadhaar next for interim relief. "Our case is those who have Aadhaar must also be allowed not to link", said Udayaditya Banerjee, the advocate representing the petitioner.
The Centre had made Aadhaar mandatory to avail various welfare schemes including PDS. Financial assets like mutual funds will also have to be linked to the 12-digit number. A bench headed by CJI Deepak Misra had said in October that a constitution bench would be set up for Aadhaar-related grievances.