Aadhaar linkage issue: SC orders Constitution bench for decision of schemes on Aadhaar’s absence

Aadhaar linkage issue: SC orders Constitution bench for decision of schemes on Aadhaar’s absence

New Delhi, July 7, 2017: As the Aadhaar card is gradually gaining importance in almost every official documentation process, it is important to note that many residents of Northeast Indian are yet to receive their Aadhaar  cards, thereby creating a troubled scenario on availability of certain schemes that require linking of  Aadhaar. 

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to pass any interim order against mandatory use of Aadhaar for various government schemes and suggested that the parties call for immediate formation of the constitution bench to decide on the case.

“It seems that we are in a totalitarian regime where people are being forcefully tagged and tracked by the government,” said Shyam Divan, appearing for the petitioner, while referring to the current situation.

He further alleged that the country was turning into a concentration camp. This was strongly opposed by the Centre who through Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told the court that at least 350 million people were being able to access benefits under various schemes.

At the last hearing, the Centre had told the court that those who did not hold Aadhaar would not be deprived of benefits under various social welfare schemes by the government until the next hearing.

Taking this into consideration, the court did not pass an interim order and said that it would take action if there was a specific instance where such benefits had been denied in the absence of an Aadhaar number.

The Centre had revised the deadline for enrolment under Aadhaar, the Centre’s unique identity number project, from 30 June to 30 September for availing benefits under various social welfare schemes such as mid-day meals and subsidy for LPG.

TNT Desk with inputs from Agencies

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