New Delhi, March 27, 2017: The Supreme Court of India on Monday told BJP-led Centre government that unique identification number – Aadhaar card – cannot be made mandatory for availing benefits under social welfare schemes.
The court further added that it cannot stop the government from using the 12-digit identification number to the opening of bank accounts or filing of tax returns.
This was stated by a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
Senior counsel Shyam Divan had challenged a spare of orders issued by the government making Aadhaar mandatory to access benefits under various schemes.
Earlier, the Human Resources Development Ministry came up with a notification making it mandatory for students to have an Aadhaar number for getting their mid-day meals.
But the initiative taken by government faced criticism by the opposition as they denounced the decision by accusing it of snatching the rights of the poor.