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SC denies entertainment of privacy concerns on Aadhar card use

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    The Supreme Court on Thursday denied urgent hearing of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on privacy concerns regarding the use of the Aadhaar card by each individual. Earlier the court had referred the matter to a Constitution bench.

    Last year in October, the court had ordered the government to answer and address the basic questions in a democracy governed by law such as- what are the privacy rights of citizens, are they protected equally with same justice applied for rich and the poor, etc.

    Supreme Court also refused further simultaneous applications by multiple agencies demanding interim relief order for limiting the use of Aadhaar card till the courts final decision is pending.

    During October last year, the court had allowed the use of Aadhaar cards for MNREGA, Jan Dhan Yojana, pension and provident fund schemes. But it had restricted the use of Aadhaar cards to public distribution system and LPG subsidies and it was only after this that the government rushed to the court for a permission to use it for more services.

    Later on the court clarified that the linking of Aadhaar for providing these services will only be on voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of an Aadhaar Card.  The RBI had earlier moved to the Apex court for clarification of its August 11 interim order that asked the government not to link Aadhaar, the unique various identity numbers, for distribution of subsidies and other benefits under social welfare schemes.
     


    OUR TAKE

    No doubt that Aadhar card has become one of the most vital and principle identification documents for Indian citizen, but the same cannot be associated with all the other benefits and welfare distribution system at the present time. Such an implementation shall require some more time and the government should give the same to the court for making such orders.
     


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