The Supreme Court,which has so far been maintaining that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for people for availing social benefits,will hear final arguments related to implementation of the card on Tuesday.
The Union government and oil companies had filed petitions and applications seeking a modification of the SC’s interim order on Aadhaar card being made compulsory for availing social benefits,particularly gas cylinder subsidies.
The bench in its interim order had said that the Aadhaar card be not made mandatory for people for availing any government services and nobody should be deprived of any such facilities for the want of the card.
It had asked the Centre not to issue it to illegal immigrants as it would legitimise their stay.
Centre had also told the court that the Aadhaar card was optional and that it has not made it mandatory for the citizens.
The apex court had passed the earlier order while hearing a batch of pleas against decisions of some states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for a range of activities including salary,PF disbursals and marriage and property registrations.
(With PTI inputs)