Linking Aadhaar with Welfare Schemes Extended to June 30
The government has extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with welfare schemes by three months to June 30.
The deadline for linking bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar has already been extended indefinitely, till the five judge constitutional bench delivers its judgment on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and its enabling law.
An official source speaking to the media clarified that while there is a three month breather for linking of the 12-digit biometric identifier with welfare schemes (which include PDS, MGNREGA and pension schemes, among others), availing of benefits will still require either the Aadhaar number, the enrollment slip or request for Aadhaar enrolment after March 31.
The extension has been given keeping in mind that genuine beneficiaries who do not have an Aadhaar number are not denied benefits for the lack of a biometric identifier.