The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it is ready to extend the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to 131 services and welfare schemes till March 31 next year. Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing on behalf of the Narendra Modi government, however told the court that the deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile numbers will not be extended from February 6, 2018. The Supreme Court will now set up a five-judge Constitution bench next week to hear the pleas seeking stay on the Centre's decision on mandatory linking of Aadhaar. The Attorney General, however, told the Supreme Court that February 6 next year would remain the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile number to avail uninterrupted mobile services. A nine-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court recently held that Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right under the Constitution.
Source: India Today December 07, 2017 06:41 UTC