Sunday, October 18, 2015

SC permits ‘voluntary’ use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes

Lifting its earlier restriction, the Supreme Court permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and the provident fund besides ambitious flagship programmes like ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’ of the NDA government.

The social welfare schemes, aimed at reaching to the door steps of the “poorest of the poor”, were in addition to LPG and PDS schemes in which the apex court had allowed the voluntary use of Aadhaar cards. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice H.L Dattu also put a caveat in its interim order for the Centre and said, “We also make it clear that Aadhaar card scheme is purely voluntary and not mandatory till the matter is finally decided by this court, this way or the other way.”

The bench, while including the four other schemes along with LPG and PDS where Aadhaar may be used, said, “The Union of India to follow all other orders passed by this court since September 23, 2013.”

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