This Article is From Nov 16, 2017

Aadhaar Linking Deadlines That You Must Know

The government has insisted on quoting Aadhaar for bank deposits, obtaining mobile phone and several other utilities to weed out benami deals and black money.

Aadhaar Linking Deadlines That You Must Know

It is essential to link Aadhaar card number with multiple essential facilities like bank accounts.

Come December 1, and you will soon be able to link your Aadhaar card number with mobile number from the comfort of your home. The UIDAI or Unique Identification Authority of India, which issues the 12-digit biometrics-based Aadhaar card, has given a go-ahead to the blueprint presented by telecom companies to implement three new modes via which one can link his or her mobile phone number or SIM with Aadhaar, his unique identity number. "Their (telecom operators') plans have been approved...They have come and we have told them they will implement (the process) from December 1," UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey has said.

The government has insisted on quoting Aadhaar for bank deposits, obtaining mobile phone and several other utilities to weed out benami deals and black money. Thus, it is essential to link it with multiple essential facilities like bank accounts, social welfare schemes etc but there are different deadlines for the various essentials.

Here are three important dates that you must know vis-a-vis linking your Aadhaar card number with various utilities:


December 1, 2017

For the ease of mobile phone subscribers, the government had introduced three new methods to link the SIM with Aadhaar. These new methods are: OTP- or One-Time Password-based linking, app-based linking and Aadhaar linking via an IVRS facility. These methods will help subscribers to get their mobile number linked to Aadhaar card without visiting the stores of the telecom companies, the government has said. This provision will begin from December 1, 2017.

February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018 is the last day to link Aadhaar with mobile SIM.

The government has made it mandatory for mobile phone subscribers to link their Aadhaar number with mobile phone number (SIM) and February 6, 2018 is the deadline for the same.

December 31, 2017

Before this date, Aadhaar has to be linked with a variety of utilities.

Aadhaar-PAN linking:

The last day for Aadhaar-PAN linking is December 31, 2017.

Linking of Aadhaar with PAN is mandatory. Over 13.28 crore PANs have been linked with Aadhaar till as of November 6, 2017, news agency Press Trust of India reported citing official sources.

The Supreme Court had in June upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and ITR filing, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes had in June this year said the apex court's order had only given a "partial relief" to those who did not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrolment ID, and the taxman, hence, "will not cancel" the PAN of such individuals.

Aadhaar-bank accounts/financial services linking:

Those already holding bank accounts are required to furnish the Aadhaar number by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will cease to be operational, according to a notification from the revenue department.

Aadhaar-PPF, NSC linking

For opening a post office account or investing in small savings schemes such as National Savings Certificates (NSC), Public Provident Fund (PPF) and Kisan Vikas Patra, Aadhaar is a must. While Aadhaar holders are required to mandatorily produce the Aadhaar, those not having an Aadhaar card or Aadhaar number as yet can quote the EID or enrolment identity number of their Aadhaar application, the government has said.

Existing depositors can update their Aadhaar number till December 31, 2017, according to a notification issued by the finance ministry.

Aadhaar-social security schemes linking

Aadhaar number has to be furnished for availing of all social security schemes. In order to avail pension, LPG cylinders or government scholarships, one must provide his or her Aadhaar card details. The deadline set for this is also December 31, 2017.