As the then chairman of UIDAI, Nilekani, co-founder and currently non-executive chairman of software firm Infosys, had played an instrumental role in the roll-out of Aadhaar.
“Delhi government has decided to stop aadhaar being mandatory for the distribution of ration, this was decided at the cabinet which couldn’t take place at the Secretariat today due to protests,” said Manish Sisodia.
The petition was filed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud which kept the matter for hearing in March.
On December 15, the apex court had ordered that the deadline for linking Aadhaar to mobile phone numbers be extended till March 31, 2018.
What made the process difficult for Gurudayal Dilbagrai Trikha was the fact that not only he has six fingers in his left hand, but also an extra finger is joined to the thumb.
The incident dates back to February 9 this year, when Munni, who hails from Uttar Pradesh and currently resides in Gurgaon’s Sheetla Colony, was taken to the hospital after she got labour pain.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s younger brother, Prahlad Modi, claimed that the E-FPS system is creating problems in ensuring the smooth disbursal of the ration.
Kapil Sibal referred to the case of a woman had to give birth outside a hospital in Gurgaon since she had been turned away for not possessing Aadhaar. He said it was a violation of her fundamental right to health.
Ravi Shankar Prasad said that many times finger print of elderlies do not match and he has directed the department to note their Aadhaar number in a register but they should not be denied benefits they are entitled to.
Biometric authentication by PDS dealers defeats the unique identity scheme’s purpose. An aborted scheme in Madhya Pradesh that relied on once-in-a-year authentication can curb exclusion errors.
“As per information received from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Aadhaar card has been incorporated as one of the options in the list of documents to be submitted by the applicant as proof of address and age,” Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written statement to the Rajya Sabha.
The government also said that 96 per cent of the population has been given the unique ID and it was citizen-friendly and empowered people. “It is not that if there is no Aadhaar, there will be exclusion,” the Additional Solicitor-General said.
“Even if they bring Aadhaar data for verification, there is no mechanism to prevent Surat-like lapse. As the confidentiality of Aadhaar data is also questionable,” an activits said.
Former Union Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday argued against the move to make Aadhaar mandatory, saying the data collected for it was prone to misuse in the world of information technology.
Aadhaar woes: Since January, beneficiaries have been asked to authenticate their identity using fingerprints to avail foodgrain they are entitled to under the Food Security Act.