Supreme Court allows Aadhaar card use on voluntary basis for government schemes

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu, however, clarified that linking of Aadhaar for providing these services will only be on voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhaar.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:October 16, 2015 1:32 am
Aadhaar card, Supreme Court Aadhaar card, Aadhaar card services A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu, however, clarified that linking of Aadhaar for providing these services will only be on voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhaar.

In a major reprieve for the government, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed use of Aadhaar cards also for MNREGA, Jan Dhan Yojana, pension and provident fund schemes. It had earlier restricted its use to public distribution system and LPG subsidy, compelling the government to rush to the court seeking a permission to use Aadhaar for more services.

A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu, however, clarified that linking of Aadhaar for providing these services will only be on voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhaar.

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The Bench modified the August 11 order of a three-judge bench, which at the time of referring the matter to a larger bench, had said Aadhaar can be used only for distribution of food grains, kerosene oil and for LPG subsidy.

The government and its various regulators such as RBI, IRDA, SEBI, TRAI moved the court, requesting it to lift the restraint so that Aadhaar can be used to linking other services as well. The five-judge Constitution Bench was subsequently set up only to hear the plea for modifying the interim order.

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    dinesh nivrutthinath
    Mar 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    hi myself dinesh wadekar from kalyan city near mumbai,i just want to ask to department concern this issue of adhar and all,sir if citizen like me if doesn't apply for adharcard it means I will not able to do many governmental work or else any governments related isn't it OK I will be ignored,i will be send back or ppl will urge me to take down ur ADHARCARD it v important,i just want to question the concern department do the know how many non Indian citizens r got ADHARCARD they so called Indian r enjoying all benefits related this CARD so they have this card they r consider as INDIAN, what about me I have not taken ADHARCARD did my country will treat me. it's citizen or not?
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      Gowtham Karnan
      Jun 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm
      This article helps me lot, Thank you and feeling angry on Having too many Id cards what is the purpose of �Aadhar Card� in our life.
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        Mili Chunawala
        Mar 11, 2016 at 9:06 am
        Govt. can not dictate for getting aadhar card as it has been proved that illegal immigrants easily flaunting copy of UID. Even Bajrangbali Bhagavan secured UID card. So, this ridiculous project can not be made mandatory as this contains many vital biological and financial data of individual, which could be misused through hacking or bribing.
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          Sabu Kurian
          Sep 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm
          Just want to know whether Aadhar is mandatory for PF accounts
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            Narendra
            Jul 16, 2016 at 11:16 am
            what ever we do, someway or other they will be implemented making mockery of the order and as usual we all will be standing like stupid and fools.
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              Anand Sharma
              Oct 15, 2015 at 9:51 pm
              So are most Brahmin illegal immigrants from western Iran, 'diot veDIK_Citizen
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                Rayan
                Oct 16, 2015 at 2:57 am
                I think the card is too small. The !diot who designed the card must be having a brain the size of a mosquito's. That is why he designed it so small. Shouldn't the card be the size of A4 size. It would be easy to carry. Just shunt out all those who have been involved in such stupid decision making, especially those barbARYANS!!!
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                  P.S.khan
                  Oct 15, 2015 at 9:09 pm
                  It is very good news to citizens of India.
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                    andy
                    Oct 16, 2015 at 2:40 am
                    I dont understand why supreme court give off judgement on aadhar card.before implementing the aadhar card supreme court should now the merits and demerits.
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                      Arvind
                      Oct 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm
                      There must be some permanent an Ideny Card for everyone in India.It is expected that Aadhar Card will help everyone for his permanent Ideny.However if there is any lacuna/short comings in it same may be rectified by govt and also Judiciary may tell govt once for all and not in piecemeal as out judiciary runs in snail pace.It is duty of every individual in India to approach Govt for Aadhar Card and not keep only mind SC's order that no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhaar. It is His/Her duty to see he/she approaches govt for Aadhar Card.
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                        Kaliyug
                        Oct 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm
                        Every society that needs to help the weak has some kind of system to identify the recipients by way of a fool proof system. Those who were born at the time of the independence could not have registered their births as the system was weak and many time non-existent. There has to be a cut-off date for those who have and those who do not have. The court has essentially opened-up a loop for corruption, with middlemen demanding a cut for any governmental benefits. Hopefully Judge Dutta will kill the corruption Kutta!
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                          mohd hasnain
                          Oct 16, 2015 at 1:14 am
                          What nonsence is this, without any planning and effect of aadhar how goverment launches the adhar card like celebrety, alot of money is spends on this but at the last what happen only useless, their is lack of indian politics to preplanned and effective areas. Please dont waste the money of public in this way. Please
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                            Nishant
                            Oct 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm
                            What is the point of having AADHAAR cards if it is not mandatory?
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                              anandap
                              Oct 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm
                              If Government sincere the three pillars of it, legislature, executive and judiciary, must change change consution, to implement and make it Aadhar mandatory as all Indians national ID card.
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                                Lakshmi Pradhan
                                Oct 15, 2015 at 10:27 pm
                                It is the good news for citizens of India
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                                  ????
                                  Oct 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm
                                  The people are willing to have Aadhaar card, but it is the failure of the Govt in the implementation and coverIng all citizens that has created problem.
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                                    MOHAMMAD ISMAIL
                                    Oct 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm
                                    Good Decision by S C
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                                      Avinash
                                      Oct 15, 2015 at 11:07 pm
                                      It is obvious SC is running the country. What a shame!
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                                        Radhakrishnan Radhakrishnan
                                        Oct 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm
                                        Very good order and it will be good for people who have aadhar card.
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                                          rajan Karunakaran
                                          Oct 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm
                                          Majority of the common peoples where not having ideny especially migrants, before the Aadhar ID was implemented. The order of SC is appreciated for transfer of m benefits including subsidies which directly transfer in the beneficiary bank account thereby avoiding corruption.
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                                            Ramudu
                                            Oct 15, 2015 at 9:04 pm
                                            Central Government atleast now can you open UIDAI Centres in Tamilnadu for issue of AADHAR Cards. RGI, Census is very very very slow and almost not bothered. When we ask them for delay, they sent a email stating that why panic, you will get your turn. When? . Why we in tamilnadu is deprived of online registration for AADHAR entrolment. Even after submitting NPR forms three times at Corporation office in person, we are yet to get our names in the database listed for capturing biometrics by RGI Census. Eventhough SC says it is voluntary we dont have choice in most of the places, even if we dont want subsidy.
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