1. SC refuses to pass interim order to make Aadhaar mandatory for government schemes

SC refuses to pass interim order to make Aadhaar mandatory for government schemes

The Supreme Court has said that those who do not have an Aadhaar card cannot be deprived of the benefits of any government scheme till the next date of hearing. The apex court has also refused to pass any interim order in the case.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 27, 2017 1:11 PM
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The Supreme Court has said that those who do not have an Aadhaar card cannot be deprived of the benefits of any government scheme till the next date of hearing. The apex court has also refused to pass any interim order in the case. The observation was made by a vacation bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha. The SC bench said that the interim order cannot be passed on the apprehension of petitioners that the government may deprive people from availing benefits of various welfare schemes due to the lack of Aadhaar details. The two-Judge bench made the observation in reference to the June 9 judgment of the court in which the SC had upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards, according to newswire service PTI.

Currently, the 12-digit Aadhaar issued by the Central government has been made mandatory for many government services by the central government. The Aadhaar card does not replace existing identification documents, but it is used as a single identification document at healthcare institutions, various government bodies, financial institutions, according to an Indian Express report.

The government, according to PTI, has informed the Supreme Court that it has extended the June 30 deadline to September 30 to those availing benefits of government’s social welfare schemes but don’t have an Aadhaar card. The next hearing in the case is on July 7.

The government had recently made Aadhaar cards necessary for opening bank accounts. Those who do not have an Aadhaar card, have been asked to submit Aadhaar card details to the bank within six months of opening a bank account. Failure to deposit the details would lead to the bank blocking the account. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget proposed that Aadhaar and PAN cards should be linked, Indian Express reported.

Also, Aadhaar has been made mandatory for patients who want to avail treatment for Tuberculosis (TB). This has been made mandatory by the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

  1. R
    Reader
    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Oct 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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      1. R
        Reader
        Oct 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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        1. Harvinder Maini
          Jun 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm
          This government wants to dictate everyone and do not want to be answerable to their masters 'THE PEOPLE OF INDIA". Is Modi and Company a DICTATORSHIP ?
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