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  1. Aadhaar Pan link: Big Supreme Court order expected today

Aadhaar Pan link: Big Supreme Court order expected today

The Supreme Court will pronounce on Friday its interim order on mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes and services, including bank accounts, even as the Centre extended the deadline up to March 31 next year.

By: | Updated: December 15, 2017 7:46 AM
Supreme Court, Aadhaar, Aadhaar card, Bank accounts The Supreme Court will pronounce on Friday its interim order on mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes and services, including bank accounts, even as the Centre extended the deadline up to March 31 next year. (Image: IE)

The Supreme Court will pronounce on Friday its interim order on mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various schemes and services, including bank accounts, even as the Centre extended the deadline up to March 31 next year. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the final hearing on the petitions challenging Aadhaar itself would commence from January 17. Attorney general KK Venugopal informed the SC that the government was willing to postpone the stipulated date for mandatory linking Aadhaar to avail the benefit of various services and welfare measures. However, the Centre said Aadhaar or application for enrolling for Aadhaar will continue to be must for opening new bank accounts. The government also said that Aadhaar is being used only for identification purposes and no other information is being shared with telcos and banks.

This comes a day after the government extended by three months the deadline for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar and PAN for bank accounts and certain financial transactions. The deadline for existing bank account holders to furnish Aadhaar was initially December 31, 2017. However, there is no word on extending the February 6, 2018, deadline for linking mobile SIM cards with Aadhaar. On inking of Aadhaar with mobile services, the AG said the deadline of February 6, 2018, was fixed in pursuance of a SC direction; the bench may consider extending this deadline also. The SC was hearing a bunch of pleas seeking an interim stay on the Centre’s decision directing mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures.

They termed the linking of the UIDAI number with bank accounts and mobile numbers as “illegal and unconstitutional”. Senior advocate Shyam Dhivan, who was representing the petitioners, told the Bench that the apex court had made Aadhaar voluntary, not compulsory. But the Centre had passed a law to make it mandatory for accessing any service, he said, adding that instead of sticking to the court’s order of making it mandatory for six schemes, it was compulsory for 139 schemes.

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  1. R
    Reader
    Dec 15, 2017 at 9:10 am
    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, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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    1. R
      Reader
      Dec 15, 2017 at 9:10 am
      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. R
        Reader
        Dec 15, 2017 at 9:09 am
        The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. 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. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one. 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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