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The Supreme Court has extended the deadline to link Aadhaar with various welfare schemes and financial services to March 31, 2018. Instead of waiting till the eleventh hour to comply with the guidelines, it is better if you link your Aadhaar at the earliest.
The following is the ready reckoner giving the deadline for various services and the consequences you will have to face for non-compliance of the same:
Linking of PAN with Aadhaar
The earlier deadline of July 1, 2017, for linking the two was extended since a number of people faced difficulty due to mismatch in the name between PAN and Aadhaar due to spelling mistakes etc.
The IT department has said that it will process returns of only those assesses who have successfully linked PAN with Aadhaar before 31 December 2017. However this deadline is mandatory for those who have to file the IT returns and is not applicable for those whose gross income is below the exemption limit of Rs 2.5 lakh.
Since Aadhaar is a biometric based verification, an individual can have only one Aadhaar and any PAN not linked to Aadhaar will become invalid after the deadline. So no one can have multiple PAN cards, but one PAN only. It was also found that PAN cards were used to divert funds to shell companies.
Linking of Mutual Funds Folio
As per recent amendments to Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) Rules, 2017, mutual funds are mandated to obtain Aadhaar number from investors and link the same to the respective accounts. Here are the links of the RTAs for Aadhaar seeding:
For CAMS: http://www.camsonline.com/investorservices/COL_Aadhar.aspx
For Sundaram: https://sundarambnpparibasfs.in/web/service/aadhaar
For Karvy : https://www.karvymfs.com/karvy/Aadhaarlinking.aspx
For Franklin Templeton : https://accounts.franklintempletonindia.com/guest/#/customerservices/updateaadhaar/accountdetails
You can complete the process either through the online link, or a SMS, if your mobile number or email ID is registered in your folio.
If neither the phone number nor the email ID is registered, you can download the Aadhaar linking form and submit it to the office of RTA.
Linking of your bank account
You can log into your net banking account and click on 'Update Aadhaar' link, enter the details and the OTP sent to your registered number to complete the process.
If you do not have net banking facility, visit the branch personally and complete the process.
Linking of your investments with
If you have any investments in any small savings schemes like PPF, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana,NSCs or KVP, log on to the India post website and download the Aadhaar Linking form, fill it up and submit it to the branch where you hold the account. There is no online facility for linking of Aadhaar with India post.
Linking of Insurance policies
You can link Aadhaar with your policies by logging on to the website of your insurance provider/company, fill in details of PAN, your date of Birth, Aadhaar, your mobile number and the policy number. Enter the OTP to complete the process. Alternatively you can visit the company's branch and complete the process.
Linking of mobile number
You have to visit the store of the service provider and complete the process. Or call the Call Centre and request for linking of mobile number with your Aadhaar. All unlinked mobile phone numbers will be deactivated after March 31, 2018.
Do remember that the said biometrics collected will be encrypted by the service provider and sent to UIDAI at that moment itself and any storage of biometric by them is a criminal offence punishable with up to three years imprisonment under the Aadhaar Act 2016.
(The writer is a former banker, and is currently with Manipal Academy of Banking, Bengaluru)