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Govt tell SC : Ready to extend Aadhaar-PAN linkage till 31 March

The Centre on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it was willing to extend the deadline fix for mandatory linking of Aadhaar  till 31 March, for availing benefits under various welfare schemes.

SC is setting up a five-judge Constitution Bench next week to hear several pleas seeking an interim stay on Centre’s decision of mandatory Aadhaar linking.

Attorney General K Venugopal informed the apex court of govt decision to extend the linkage but added that the deadline for uninterrupted mobile services would remain Feb 6 next year.

Meanwhile Senior advocate Shyam Divan who appeared for the petitioners opposed to Aadhaar that govt has to give an undertaking that no coercive steps would be taken against those who fail to link their Aadhaar to various services.

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Aadhaar now a must for post office deposits, PPF and other savings

New Delhi : The government has now made Aadhaar mandatory for term deposits at post offices, Public Provident Fund, National Savings Certificate scheme and Kisan Vikas Patra.

Those having deposits have time up to 31 Dec 2017 to provide the 12-digit Aadhaar number.

Fresh deposits can be made only on quoting the Aadhaar number.

For those who have applied for Aadhaar, submission of enrollment number will do.

So far, around 135 schemes including free cooking gas(LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertilizer subsidy, ration supplies and MGNREGA have been covered by the extension.

 

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PAN though not linked will not be cancelled, but Aadhaar is a must to e-File ITR

Income Tax Department has clarified that people who are unable to link their Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number(PAN) by July 1 will not face cancellation of their PANs at the same time Taxpayers without Aadhaar number or its enrolment ID will not be able to e-file Tax Returns.

A lot of confusion surrounds Aadhaar-PAN linking after government confirmed Aadhaar mandatory to obtain new PAN from July 1.

E-Filing of ITR is mandatory for all individuals except whose income falls below Rs. 5 lakh per annum and those who are above 80 years of age.

IT department has so far linked over 2.16 crore Aadhaar numbers with its PAN database

Aadhaar is issued by Unique identification Authority of India(UIDAI) to a resident of India, PAN is a ten-digit alphanumeric number allotted by I-T department to a person, firm or entity

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Huge Setback to Centre : Supreme Court issues partial stay on Aadhaar, case filed by Benoy Vishwam

In a big blow to Aadhaar spree on almost every Govt. initiative , the Supreme court on Friday noon granted  partial stay on Section 139AA of Income Tax Act that made Aadhaar compulsory to file Income-Tax(I-T) returns and also to procure PAN card

The two Judge Bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan were hearing a petition that challenged the constitutional validity of Section 139AA

The stay on section 139 AA of I-T Act has been granted until Right to Privacy is decided meaning there will be no compulsion to link Aadhaar to PAN card for filing I-T returns.

The case was filed by Kerala CPI leader Benoy Vishwam, SG Vomatkere and Bezwada Wilson

The petitioners had strongly challenged governments claim of duplication and hoisting  Aadhaar as panacea for preventing tax evasion together with curbing black money .

The Centre on the other side contended that, Aadhaar was made mandatory for allotment of PAN to weed out fake cards used in terror funding and circulation of black money.

Also Read : PAN Cards not linked to Aadhaar will become void from July 1

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Aadhaar card mandatory for kerosene subsidy and Atal Pension

Aadhaar card has now become mandatory for availing subsidy on kerosene as well to benefits of Atal Pension Yojana.

Those without Aadhaar can undergo enrollment , last date for Aadhaar enrollment for kerosene subsidy is September 30 while that for Atal Pension Yojana  June 15.

Till submission of Aadhaar during processing time, ration cared, driving licence, voter identity card, Kisan passbook with photo, job card issued under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme(MGNREGS) and a certificate from the tehsildar office shall be accepted as proof of identity.

The decision to make Aadhaar mandatory is to prevent subsidy leakages and ensure the beneficiaries get their due, officials said.

The Ministry of Oil and natural Gas has introduced Direct Benefit Transfer through which subsidy is transferred into bank accounts of beneficiaries directly, on purchase of Public Distribution System(PDS) kerosene at non-subsidised rate.

To legitimise compulsory Aadhaar, the central government has invoked Section 7 of Aadhaar Act 2016, which mandates that when the government gives subsidy, benefit or service from Consolidated Fund of India(CFI), an individual can be asked to furnish his/her Aadhaar for authentication purpose.

The Centre allocates subsidised kerosene to enable affordable cooking fuel for  domestic use aimed mainly at those living below poverty line.

Under Atal Pension Yojana, any citizen between age group of 18 -40 can make nominal contributions and enjoy minimum guaranteed pension of Rs. 1000 – Rs. 5000 per month, depending on his contribution up to 60 years of age.

In case of the pensioner’s death, the spouse will be eligible for the pension and up on demise of both, the accumulated wealth is returned to the nominee.

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PANs not linked to Aadhar Will Become Void From July 1

Supreme Court is presently hearing petitions against government’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for procuring PAN and filing tax returns.

Early this month, govt. made Aadhaar number compulsory to file Income Tax Returns and to apply for new PAN as well. Further according to the Finance Act 2017, a PAN number can be rendered void if it is not linked with Aadhaar.

Today, during hearing the govt. clarified PANs not linked with Aadhaar will be invalidated only from July 1 and not from the date one applied for it.

Senior Advocate Datar said Aadhaar is every citizen’s right not duty, hence should not be made compulsory for govt. schemes.

The apex court also questioned members of parliament (MPs) asking why no one objected when govt. made Aadhaar mandatory for PAN.

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Now link Aadhaar to PAN online, despite name mismatch.

Aadhaar is now mandatory to file Income Tax returns and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,  through his 2017 Budget provided to link it with PAN(Permanent Account Number) too,  to curb tax-evasion.

However, Aadhaar  many times come with short forms or spelling errors while PAN has full names – a big  hurdle when one attempts to link the two.  Now, Govt. has introduced a new solution to  tide over the  mismatch.

A scanned copy of ID  Proof  has to be uploaded on the Aadhaar website and one has to request for  name change based on the supporting proof, to create a match.  Linking Aadhaar to PAN thus smooths out easy.

However, for seeding to take place, the date of births have to be identical.

Now for those wishing to stay their names unchanged, the tax department  will soon come out with One-time Password(OTP) option on e-filing website of  IT department or NSDL.

“This option will help people who have given short forms of their name or in some cases spelling errors in the name provided in Aadhaar card “ a spokesperson said.