The Narendra Modi government will extend deadline to furnish Aadhaar to avail benefits of various social welfare schemes till December end, Attorney General told Supreme Court today. The apex court said that it would hear a batch of petitions in Aadhaar related matters in first week of November.
On March Mar 27, the Supreme Court had made it clear that Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory by the government for extending benefits of social welfare schemes. The apex court, however, said that the government cannot be barred from seeking these cards, which are issued by UIDAI, for “non-benefit” purposes like filing of IT returns and the opening of accounts. “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, the PTI report said.
The Supreme Court yesterday said it would first go through the crucial judgement on privacy before taking a call on Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s challenge to the Lok Sabha Speaker’s decision to certify a bill to amend the Aadhaar law as a money bill. The plea was mentioned before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices P C Pant and D Y Chandrachud for an early hearing, but the apex court said it would first peruse the judgement delivered by its nine-judge constitution bench declaring the right to privacy a fundamental right.