Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

Aadhaar Card not mandatory to avail government schemes: Supreme Court

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said that the Aadhaar card will be optional for availing various welfare schemes of the government, the apex court ordered that no personal information of the holders of such cards shall be shared by any authority.

A three-judge bench, which in the forenoon referred to a larger Constitution Bench a batch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme and the issue whether right to privacy is a fundamental right, recorded the statement of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that “no personal information of Aadhaar card shall be shared by any authority”.

The bench, headed by Justice J Chelameswar, which issued a slew of directions, said the Centre shall give wide publicity through electronic and print media that the card is not mandatory to avail the government schemes.

Allows to link Aadhar card with PDS and LPG subsidies

The Supreme Court allowed the Centre to link Aadhaar card with PDS and LPG subsidies given to people, however in an interim order it restrained the Centre from linking the Aadhaar card with any other social welfare scheme.

The SC ordered the government to tell the people that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for them through advertisements on TV and in newspapers.

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