Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cannot make Aadhaar mandatory for extending benefits of welfare scheme: SC to Govt

Times Now‎‎‎‎‎‎: New Delhi: Tuesday, March 28, 2017.
The Supreme Court on Monday told the government that it cannot make Aadhaar card bearing the 12-digit unique identification number mandatory for extending benefits of its welfare schemes to the citizens of the country.
The top court however said that the centre cannot be stopped from mandating Aadhaar for other non-governmental schemes like opening bank accounts.
The decision comes after the recent backlash on social media against the government’s decision to make it mandatory to link Aadhaar with permanent account number (PAN) cards for filing income tax returns. It had earlier linked the aadhaar card with many other schemes.
Yesterday, the government also informed Telcos in the country that they will have to conduct a re-verification process of all its new and existing customers using Aadhaar number.
However, today’s ruling has clearly stated that the government is not allowed to use the card for any welfare schemes.
While there are several claims about the security risks and loopholes involved with the UIDAI’s Biometric identification programme, there is no way to access information due to unavailability of information about the discrepancies.
As per several media reports, RTI requests seeking details about Aadhaar card hacks have been denied by the government on grounds of national security.
There are several pleas on the risks involved with Aadhaar integration, and the top court has said that a seven-judge bench will be set up to her the pleas challenging the card.
However, the SC panel also declared that hearing the pleas will take time and won’t be possible right now.