By BloombergQuint Desk
The Supreme Court today extended all deadlines for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts, mobile phones and other services indefinitely, till a judgement is pronounced in the matter. The biometric identification cannot be made mandatory expect for providing subsidies, the top court added.
Banks, telecom service providers, online wallets etc have been urging customers to mandatorily link their Aadhaar to their accounts. On Dec. 15 last year, the Supreme Court had extended the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes till March 31, 2018.
The interim order for extension of this deadline was pronounced by the five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra which is hearing challenges to the Aadhaar scheme and the Aadhaar Act.
India’s biometric identification program, which is the largest of its kind in the world, has faced hurdles ranging from privacy concerns with strong opposition from different factions on making it a compulsion. Concerns have been raised about the security of the Unique Identification Authority of India’s database and the potential damage that may follow if it is breached.
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