SC likely to hear petitions challenging mandatory Aadhaar for welfare schemes tomorrow

The Centre has maintained December 31, 2017, as the deadline by which Aadhaar is necessary to avail benefits.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 13, 2017 11:38 am
SC to hear petitions challenging Aadhaar The Supreme Court will Thursday hear petitions challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory to avail government schemes and welfare measures (Express Photo/File)

A five-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court is likely to hear a clutch of petitions challenging the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory to avail government schemes and welfare measures on ThursdayThe Centre has maintained December 31, 2017, as the deadline by which Aadhaar is necessary to avail benefits, including government scholarships, subsidised LPG cylinders, farm loans and pension schemes.

The bench will hear the petitions at 2 pm on Thursday, reported news agency PTI. Earlier this month, the Centre had told the court that it would extend its deadline for mandatory linking till March 31, next year.

Aadhaar, a 12-digit unique identification number, is issued to each individual by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) after a person registers their demographic and biometric details with the body.

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On August 24, a nine-judge Constitution bench ruled that privacy is a fundamental right, subject to reasonable restrictions. It had observed, “The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 and as a part of the freedoms guaranteed by Part III of the Constitution.” The verdict is likely to impact on the Aadhaar case before the five-judge bench.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Suhas Gha
    Dec 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm
    And make it mandetory for all criminals to have aadhar without which they can be arrested or prosicuted. SC need not hear government on this. In 1975 to 1977, we had emmergency excesses. Now we have aadhar misuse, abuse and we can call it aadhar excesses. One question modijee. Do our president and vice president need aadhar to enter rashtrapati bhavan? Do all bhp mps and mlas have aadhar linked to everything? And above all have u kinked it to ur bank account, property, mobile, internet, and ur office phone? This man is pushing aadhar to every thing assuming every indian is criminal unless proved guilty. Modijee, do we need all directors of company to have aadhar before filing government tenders and how ur stupid officers verify this. Do u give guarantee that every one dealing with government tenders has aashar? But if part above the shoulder is empty and rotten, what can u do? Shameless pm. Needs to be shown door.
    1. Suhas Gha
      Dec 13, 2017 at 11:58 am
      I appeal to sc that make mandatory aadhar card linking to bank insurance pan school examination and to avail public government schemes but also for following. 1. For using public toilets 2. For going to public gardens 3. For buying grocery, vegetables 4. For munciple water supply. 5. For buying local transport tickets 6. For buying medicines 7. For making police complain 8. For hearing your case in court 9. For defending urself in court 10. Watch tv 11. For getting internet connection And so many. Make it mandatory every area of life. More and more abuse by government of aadhar will make sure more outcry and that will defeat this brainless government. Thats what we want. But once for all i request please make clear, once for all which services need aadhar. Please, we do not want to wake up every mng with fear that to what service we need to link aadhar and also with the reasoning. Not only don modi's wish but rational logic behind that and personal assurance of data secrecy .