The Centre hinted that those who have Aadhaar will have to link with government welfare schemes by December 2017. No extension will be granted the Centre hinted. We are ready to argue the matter the Centre also said. The court also issued notices to the telecom companies insisting on the mandatory linking of mobile with Aadhaar. The court has given all respondents in the case four weeks time to file their reply.
On the last date of hearing, the Centre had told the court that it was ready to extend the date for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes to March 2018. The court however sought to know if the government would refrain from taking action against those who did not link their Aadhaar during the pendency of the case. The court sought to time to file its response.