The Communist Party of India leader a member of Rajya Sabha, D Raja who has been opposing the Aadhaar service for some time now has suddenly found himself in a tricky situation. Raja didn’t enrol for the Aadhaar card service standing by his opposition to the service that seeks to grant a unique number to every Indian resident. However, the move backfired on him as he started getting messages that his PAN card will be deactivated if he doesn’t link it to the Aadhaar leaving any other option for the MP.
When he enquired about the procedure of enrolment, Raja got to know that a special camp for MPs was held but ended only a week ago. This made things worse for him even though the Supreme Court mentioned on Monday that Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory by the government for social welfare schemes. The apex court, however, said that the government could not be barred seeking these cards, which are issued by UIDAI, for “non-benefit” purposes like filing of IT returns and the opening of accounts.
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The answer is this that for giving benefits of welfare schemes, it (Aadhaar) cannot be pressed. They (government and its agencies) cannot be stopped from seeking Aadhaar for non-benefit schemes like the opening of bank accounts,” a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said. This bench included Justices D Y Chandrachud and Sanjay Kishan Kaul. The bench declined to fix a date for hearing the petitions filed challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.
A seven-judge bench has to be constituted for this. At present, it is not possible. There are three other matters which are to be heard by constitution benches. We have already taken a call. This matter is in my mind. We will hear the matter one after the other. The interim orders from time to time is not the solution. Final disposal of the matter is the solution” it said.