In a setback to the Centre,the Supreme Court on Tuesday stuck to its stand on the Aadhar card saying it is not mandatory.
The Centre had moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of an earlier order which said Aadhar card is not mandatory and no person should be deprived of any government schemes for want it.
Earlier,the Supreme Court had said that the Aadhar card,being issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),was not mandatory for availing any government services and nobody should be deprived of any such facilities for the want of the card.
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Meanwhile,the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the National Identification Authority of India Bill that will give statutory status to the UIDAI.
Official sources said the bill,which was cleared at a meeting of the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this morning,may be tabled during the winter session of Parliament.
Besides giving statutory status to the UIDAI,the Bill seeks to provide legal backing to Aadhaar,which is used to disburse subsidies.
The UIDAI,which issues 12-digit Aadhaar numbers to residents,currently operates through an executive order.
The new law seeks to create a National Identification Authority of India,which will oversee implementation of the Aadhaar project. It also seeks to define the penalties in case of misuse of data collected under the project.