Aadhaar Cards are Not Mandatory for Availing Benefits of Social Welfare Schemes: SC

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The Supreme Court today on Tuesday, refused to give any interim order against the Centres notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes. Meanwhile the government has assured that no person will be deprived of Social Wellfare schemes due to lack of Aadhar Card. Justice A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha’s vacationary bench remarked that no interim order can be given on the basis of this apprehension of the petitioners that any person can be deprived of the benefits of various social welfare schemes due to lack of  aadhaar card that too in a situation when no affected person has come  to court.

The bench of Justice A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said to senior lawyer Shyam Dewan, who was arguing on behalf of three petitioners that “We can not give such orders which are uncertain.” They also added that, “you are saying that someone can be deprived of this, but there is no such person in front of us.”

During the hearing Additional Solicitor General Anurag Mehta said referring to the notification dated February 8, that it has been said that if anybody does not have the Aadhaar, then even if they use identification letters like voter identity card, driving license, passport and PAN card will get the benefit,these identities mean that no pseudo-person can take advantage of these schemes. Ten other documents are valid for taking advantage of these plans. He also said that, “the government has extended the date from June 30 to September 30 for those who don’t have Aadhaar cards and are taking advantage of various welfare schemes.”

In this period, no person will be deprived of these benefits. The bench, while citing the decision of the top court of June 10, said that it has legalized the provision of income tax law for making PAN card and income tax return mandatory, but till the matter is considered by the Constitution Bench on the issue of right to privacy, there is a partial ban on the execution. Referring to the comments made in this judgment, the court listed this matter before the appropriate bench on July 7.

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