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holdings to Aadhaar would also be extended to March 31, 2018 , from the present December 31 deadline. The revenue department in the Ministry amended the relevant rules pertaining to maintenance of records by financial entities under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act of 2002, to drop the December 31 deadline specified for bank account holders to link Aadhaar and PAN (permanent account number). If Aadhaar is not linked to bank accounts as per the date notified by the government, the account would be blocked till the submission of Aadhaar and PAN numbers .’ The deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile numbers, however, remains February 6, 2018. UIDAI tightens norms for Aadhaar linking Following the Airtel India-Aadhaar subsidy fiasco, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has tightened norms for mapping Aadhaar number to a different bank account. According to the latest rules, ‘ explicitly informed consent’ from customers is now a must . The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) will disable the override feature that the UIDAI said is being misused by many banks while seeding Aadhaar to accounts, without the informed consent of residents. As a result, subsidy from the government is being credited to new accounts without their knowledge. The UIDAI said there had been complaints pertaining to customer verification. “When an Aadhaar holder visits the telecom service provider for verifying his mobile number, as per the Supreme Court’s February 6, 2017 order, the telecom firm is opening the customer’s payment bank account and puts that bank account on the NPCI’s Aadhaar Payment Bridge, overriding the existing bank account. The mapping is done without the informed consent of the Aadhaar holder,” UIDAI said. Similar problem is being faced when Aadhaar holders verify their bank accounts to comply with Prevention of Money Laundering rules (the date for which is now March 31, 2018). Residents, particularly those in rural and remote areas, are being put to inconvenience as they are clueless about receipt of subsidy and unable to withdraw the subsidy amount credited in payment bank accounts as payment banks are not having branches or cash outpoints in these areas, the UIDAI said.
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CURRENT AFFAIRS DECEMBER 2017 55 | Page 9004078746 [email protected] GOVERNANCE 3) RTI Ministers not under RTI, says HC The Delhi High Court has set aside the March 2016 Central Information Commission order declaring Ministers as "public authorities" and answerable under the Right to Information law. The High Court's order came on the Centre's appeal against the CIC order. The case emanates from an application filed by a Maharashtra resident who wanted to know how to get an appointment with the Union Law Minister.
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