School admissions: Bombay HC refuses to set aside GR on Aadhaar

The High Court observed that the object of the GR is to ensure that every child in the state gets enrolled in educational institutes.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 28, 2016 1:40:01 am
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The Bombay HC on Monday refused to set aside a government resolution which requires children to submit Aadhaar cards while securing school admission.

A division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice A A Sayyed dismissed a public interest litigation challenging the government resolution (GR) issued on April 21, 2015, by which every child while securing admission to any school in the state is required to submit a copy of his or her Aadhaar card.

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The High Court observed that the object of the GR is to ensure that every child in the state gets enrolled in educational institutes. “The GR specifies for regular drives to be conducted to provide Aadhaar cards to children. We do not find the need to entertain this petition at this stage,” the court said, while dismissing the PIL.

The PIL filed by an activist argued that the GR was contrary to orders passed by the Supreme Court last year, saying submission of Aadhaar cards should not be made compulsory.

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