Aadhaar not mandatory for accessing welfare schemes, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

"I wish to make it very clear that Aadhaar is not mandatory for the benefits of welfare schemes. If any person does not have Aadhaar, other identity proofs from ration to driving licence can be used," said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 28, 2017 11:47 pm
Aadhar, Supreme Court,  Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, AAdhar cards not madatory for welfare schemes, latest news, India news, National news, Latest news Ravi Shankar Prasad said the apex court itself in its interim order has instructed the government that Aadhaar can be used in delivery of many subsidy-based, pro-poor schemes such as MGNREGA, but it will not be mandatory. (PTI Photo)

The government on Tuesday said identity proofs other than Aadhaar can also be used to avail of welfare scheme benefits, a day after the Supreme Court said biometric cards cannot be made mandatory for accessing social benefits. “…this is required to be clarified that the Supreme Court itself has permitted delivery of many pro-poor benefits by the application of Aadhaar.

“I wish to make it very clear that Aadhaar is not mandatory for the benefits of welfare schemes. If any person does not have Aadhaar, other identity proofs from ration to driving licence can be used,” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

He said the apex court itself in its interim order has instructed the government that Aadhaar can be used in delivery of many subsidy-based, pro-poor schemes such as MGNREGA, but it will not be mandatory.

The Minister said it is also clearly written in the Aadhaar Act that no eligible person will be deprived of any benefits if he or she does not have Aadhaar card.

“But at the same time as per the provision of the Aadhaar Act, attempts will be made to bring all people under its ambit,” he said.

Emphasising on the importance of Aadhaar card, Prasad said the government has been able to save Rs 50,000 crore by using it.

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    Paki
    Mar 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm
    Clarify with SC once and for all what future and present situations need Aadhaar card. Otherwise Dipak Mishra like s will one day rule "All those who watch movie need Aadhaar card before standing erect for national Anthem"
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    1. Mahender Goriganti
      Mar 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm
      Aadhaar must b made mandatory for all licenses, taxes, propriety, banks and financial transactions, social services, address changes, voter ID,identifications; linked together, so the bad people can can be quickly identified and punished so the honest and good people will get get the deserved good governance. lt;br/gt;More over it helps quickly identify and link all bad elements to protect and national security as is done in all developed countries. Aadhaar proves that security best way possible, though nothing is perfect, but easily identifiable and correctable.
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      1. Mahender Goriganti
        Mar 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm
        Why not ?? who is SC to dictate?? They are not the ones paying or administering the well fare schemes. If majority people don;t like ti they will through out the government.
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        1. mallu
          Mar 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm
          No democratic system should opt for a totalitarian project like Aadhaar. It is against the basic principles of democracy where the government is the servant of people; Aadhaar is just opposite to that concept where Govt will decided whether you exist or not!!! This suites best for Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini governments not for any democratic republic. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Tell us which developed nation implemented biometric national ideny card ? Even China dropped their plan to have biometric cards!
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