Do You Need Aadhaar Card? Govt Says Yes, Supreme Court Says No
Sanghamitra MandalSep 24, 2013, 12.03 PM
How many IDs must one have before the Indian authorities are appeased? My apologies to Bob Dylan, but the
Only yesterday, the apex court ruled that the Aadhaar Card is not mandatory to get government benefits and services. The interim order was passed after a retired judge of the Karnataka High Court filed public interest litigation (PIL) as some of the state governments like Maharashtra are mandating the Aadhaar Card as a compulsory requirement without the Parliamentary sanction.
The National Identity Authority of India Bill was introduced in 2010 but it was rejected by the
Launched by the
But there is another hitch. The Supreme Court is of the opinion that the use of Aadhaar should not be made mandatory as
However, one must remember that the consent of an individual is indispensable for Aadhaar. Unlike a Voter ID or a PAN card, one is under no legal obligation to get an Aadhaar Card. Therefore, the sudden and forceful implementation may actually violate one's Fundamental Rights. Also, a lot of people don't want to opt for it as they are not too sure if their biometric data (required for Aadhaar Card) will be secure with third party service providers. So the best way ahead will be priority-based adoption and gradual inclusion of the entire country. But how long it will take to reach that goal is anybody's guess.
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