Govt extends deadline to link Aadhaar with PAN by 3 months to March 31

Published On: 09, Dec 2017 | Source:

The on Friday extended the deadline for mandatory linking of with by three months to March 31, 2018.

This is the third extension given by the to individuals to link the (PAN) with the biometric ID.

The Centre had already informed the Supreme that it is willing to extend till March 31 the deadline fixed for mandatory linking of to avail various services and

"It has come to notice that some of the have not yet completed the linking of with

"Therefore, to facilitate the process of linking, it has been decided to further extend the time for linking of with till March 31, 2018," the ministry said.

As of November, 132.8 million out of 330 million PANs have been linked to the 12-digit biometric identifier

This year, the made quoting of mandatory for filing returns (ITRs) as well as obtaining a new

Section 139 AA (2) of the Act says that every person having as on July 1, 2017, and eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his number to the authorities.

The had in August extended by four months the deadline for linking with till December 31, pending the Supreme verdict.

The Supreme is hearing petitions challenging the government's decision on

The apex has said it may consider setting up of a constitution bench to hear pleas challenging the Centre's move to make card mandatory for availing various services and benefits of

The deadline for linking with previously was July 31 but was extended toAugust 31 and later to December 31, 2017.