However, deadline for subsidies, benefits, under Section 7 to be March 31.
"The government can not insist on mandatory Aadhaar", said the five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra. Now the Constitution bench has clearly said the deadline will be decided only after the court passes its final judgment on linking the Aadhaar to various services. Former Karnataka High Court judge Justice K S Puttaswamy had told the apex court on February 22 that several deaths had reportedly taken place due to starvation on account of glitches in the Aadhaar-based public distribution system and the court must consider granting them compensation.More news: Allen Robinson rumors: Packers, Bears in mix
Earlier, the SC had set March 31 deadline for Aadhaar linkage with these services in its interim ruling on December 15. His arguments revolved around the introduction of the Aadhaar Bill as a Money Bill. This hampers the basic part of the Constitution i.e. the federal structure, Chidambaram argued.
At this point, Attorney General KK Venugopal sought to clarify that this requirement of Aadhaar was only for issuance of "tatkal" passports. The order indefinitely extends the deadline of March 31 to link the 12-digit Unique Identification number.More news: Sammy Watkins reportedly agrees to deal with Chiefs
As of March 2017, India issued 1.14 billion Aadhaar cards, covering 85 per cent of the population, as per the State of Aadhaar Report 2016-17.
This deadline also been extended for those who apply for passports.More news: Jose Mourinho Rips Into Former Crystal Palace Boss Frank De Boer
Further, the apex court extended the date for the completion of the linkage of Aadhaar and e-KYC process in respect of mobile phone subscribers till judgment is rendered.