27809-aadhaar-iansThe Supreme Court yesterday extended the deadline for linking of mobiles, bank accounts and PAN cards with AADHAR till it finally resolves the dispute surrounding this case. However, the requirement of the UID Number by the government for the issuance and continuance of several services and benefits does not stand suspended. So, while we ignore messages from our telecom service providers, banks and, at times, the government, let us see what we can and cannot link, apply for, continue with and without our AADHAR –

  • What can be conveniently deferred without consequences –
    • You need not link your existing bank accounts to your AADHAR. The 12 digit UID Number might still be asked for while applying for new accounts. For those who’s AADHAR status is still pending, the application number would suffice for opening the account
    • You need not complete the E-KYC for your mobile number by the 31st of March
    • AADHAR is not needed to enroll for NEET (medical entrance examination) and other all India level examinations.
  • Grey Area –
    • The Order of the Supreme Court does not specify whether AADHAR linkage for PAN Cards has been indefinitely postponed. The same applies to mutual funds, insurance, credit cards, PPF, KVP and other small savings schemes.
  • What needs AADHAR linkage or an alternate, government-issued identification number –
    • Any subsidy, benefit or service financed by the Consolidated Fund of India. A few of these are stated below for ready reference –
      • LPG and kerosene subsidies. People desirous of availing this service would still have to provide their AADHAR to continue enjoying them.
      • Benefits under the government’s Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes.
      • Social Security Schemes like Atal Pension Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana
      • Government Scholarships
      • Food grain/cash subsidies, mid-day meals and other public distribution services like rations, etc.


This article has been authored by Varnika Jain from Team LawSkills.

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