New Delhi: The government extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN for the fourth time by three more months, till June 30. The earlier deadline was March 31.

The decision came after the Supreme Court earlier this month extended the deadline for linking of various services with Aadhaar till it delivers its judgment on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the biometrical identification scheme.

During the proceedings, the government had told the Supreme Court that if required it might consider extending the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to various government schemes as well as mobile phones and bank accounts.

This is the fourth time that the deadline for Aadhaar-Permanent Account Number (PAN) linking has been extended.

The government had first made it mandatory to link Aadhaar number with PAN till July 1, 2017. It first extended it to August 31, 2017 and then to December 31, 2017 citing difficulties faced by taxpayers.

As many taxpayers had not completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar even till December 31, the government extended the deadline till March 31 this year.

Last week, the government had also extended the last date for re-verification of mobile connections through Aadhaar based E-KYC process till the Supreme Court's verdict.