"It has come to notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar. Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been made a decision to further extend the time for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till March 31, 2018", the statement added.
For your information, we can introduce you, that the government has fixed the deadline for December 31 to link the Aadhaar with bank accounts and the PAN cards.
Refuting social media messages, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said that as on date there is no stay from the Supreme Court on Aadhaar and its linking to various services. However, AG K K Venugopal told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that the deadline for linking Aadhaar with mobile phones would remain February 6.
However, that was to be applicable only to those who did not have an Aadhaar number yet.
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He also referred to a white paper on data protection to claim that the Aadhaar Act would have to be overhauled to further tighten the existing data protection regime to push for a late hearing of a host of petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar Act.
The December 31 deadline for linking a host of Government services with Aadhaar is likely to be extended till March 31, 2018, Attorney General KK Venugopal informed the Supreme Court on Thursday.
"That Aadhaar Act being in force, all notifications for requiring Aadhaar for various welfare programmes, verifying bank account, PAN card and SIM card with Aadhaar stand valid and lawful", it said in a statement.
The Finance Ministry on Friday said it has extended the deadline for those yet to link their Aadhaar number with their PAN card. Starting this year, the government has made it mandatory to submit Aadhaar number while obtaining a new PAN.