The Supreme Court, on September 26, struck down some provisions relating to the authentication of Aadhaar, and the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act.
This has created a lot of confusion about the services for which the Aadhaar is mandatory and where it is not.
Here's all you need to know about it.
Bank account: After the SC verdict, one does not need to link Aadhaar with their new/existing bank account.
Mobile connection: After the scrapping of Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, private companies like telecom operators can no longer ask users to link their Aadhaar with SIM cards.
Schools/Exams: Aadhaar is no longer mandatory to register for tests like NEET, UGC and CBSE Boards.
PAN: The linking of Aadhaar with PAN continues to be mandatory, under Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.
I-T Returns: Since Aadhaar-PAN linking is still necessary, one will need their Aadhaar card at the time of filing of Income Tax returns.
Welfare schemes: Aadhaar is also mandatory for availing various government-run welfare schemes and for grant of subsidies.
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