New Delhi, Dec 15: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to Centre’s proposal to extend the deadline for the mandatory linking of Aadhaar number to March 31,2018 to avail various welfare schemes and opening new bank accounts and operating mobile SIM cards.

A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had completed the hearing on Thursday. In the hearing, Attorney General KK Venugopal said in the court that the government extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar number to various services to March 31, 2018.

He told the apex court that the government was ready to extend the deadline of linking mobile phone numbers from February 6 if the court ordered. The five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court passed an interim order, also extending the deadline for the last date of linking Aadhaar number with SIM cards.

The court observed that people who don’t have an Aadhaar number will also be allowed to open new bank accounts until March 31., 2018

The Supreme Court on Friday said Aadhaar numbers or Aadhaar application numbers would be essential for opening new bank accounts while extending the linking deadline for all services to March 31. 2018.

Old bank accounts need to be linked to Aadhaar by March 31 and also cell phone services, the court said.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said this in their interim arrangement while extending phone and Aadhaar linkage and existing bank and other services ..

The court will now hear the challenge to the validity of the Aadhaar Act on January 17. The court said that it would examine the issue.

The Narendra Modi dispensation is leaving no stones unturned to make Aadhaar a citizen’s prime identification. The government is using the unique identification number to plug leakages in welfare schemes and to check corruption.aadhaar