The government on Wednesday extended the deadline of linking of Aadhaar with the welfare schemes by three months to June 30. Until Wednesday, the deadline was March 31.
The deadline for linking bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar has already been extended indefinitely, till the five-judge constitution bench delivers its judgement on petitions challenging the validity of the biometric scheme and the enabling law.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had refused to pass an interim order extending the March 31 deadline for linking of Aadhaar with welfare schemes where benefits are transferred to citizens from the Consolidated Fund of India.
A plea, seeking extension of time beyond March 31 for linking Aadhaar with welfare schemes, was made before a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
Senior advocate K. V. Viswanath, appearing for a petitioner opposed to the Aadhaar scheme, took a cue from the PPT in which the UIDAI CEO said that the success rate of Aadhaar authentication in government systems was 88%.
“If the data of UIDAI says that there was only 88% success rate of Aadhaar authentication, then it means that 12 per cent people are excluded from the benefits in schemes linked with Aadhaar. Twelve percent failure is too high,” the lawyer said, adding that almost 14 crore citizens cannot take benefits.