Linking of Aadhaar has been mandated for multiple essentials. These include PAN (Permanent Account Number), income tax return (ITR) and now mobile phone. All SIMs (mobile phone numbers) not linked with Aadhaar will be deactivated after February 2018, according to a report by news agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) citing informed sources. The government is moving ahead with linking of Aadhaar with mobile SIM cards, the agency added. Aadhaar number - the 12-digit number given on the Aadhaar card - is also to be shared with financial institutions and submitted to avail various social security schemes - including pension, EPF and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for LPG. Aadhaar or UID (Unique Identification Number) is based on biometrics-based data. Aadhaar card is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Be it linking of Aadhaar card with PAN, mobile SIM cards or bank accounts, there are different deadlines specified in each case. Here are four important deadlines to remember for you to link your Aadhaar with the various documents or products:
1. Deadline for linking Aadhaar card with PAN - December 31, 2017
In August, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the last date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN "to facilitate ease of compliance by the taxpayers". The new deadline is December 31, 2017. Earlier, this deadline was August 31, 2017. Linking of Aadhaar with PAN is mandatory for processing of income tax returns (ITRs) for assessment year 2017-18, the Income Tax Department has said. "If this linking (PAN-Aadhaar) is skipped, the return could be considered invalid and the person may have to file it again which shall be considered belated and may attract penalty, interest and other consequences like disallowances for losses," says Sandeep Sehgal, director of tax and regulatory at Ashok Maheshwary & Associates LLP.
(Also read: How to link PAN card with Aadhaar card)
2. Deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile number (SIM) - February 2018
Many telecom companies have already started sending alerts to customers about completing the Aadhaar-SIM (mobile number) linking process. They had earlier instructed their customers to start the process of linking their Aadhaar card numbers with phone numbers.
"As per the government directive, linking Aadhaar to your mobile number is mandatory for all existing customers," Bharti Airtel, the country's largest telecom operator, said on its website. Bharti Airtel also prescribed its prepaid and postpaid subscribers ways to achieve Aadhaar-SIM linking.
(Read: Telecom operators share guidelines on Aadhaar linking)
3. Deadline for submitting Aadhaar details to banks/financial institutions - December 31, 2017
The government has made it mandatory for all banks and financial institutions to mention the Aadhaar details of clients in the KYC (Know your Customer) document. A KYC document basically provides all the details that authenticate the identity of a user. People who have taken loans are also required to file their Aadhaar details. If you fail to link it with your bank account by December 31 this year, it may even become inoperable.
4. December 31, 2017: Last date to give Aadhaar details to avail social security schemes:
Aadhaar number or the 12-digit Unique Identification Number has to be provided for all social security schemes by December 31, 2017. In order to avail pension, LPG cylinders or government scholarships, one must provide his or her Aadhaar card details.
Meanwhile, the government also plans to make linking of Aadhaar mandatory for driving licence. "It (Aadhaar-Licence linking) would be done soon to check the menace of multiple licensing," Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.
(With agency inputs)
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