Supreme Court has finally announced its decision on the much discussed Aadhaar. The apex courts’ order has also put an end on all the controversies surrounding the use of Aadhar card under different government welfare schemes and services. On Tuesday, 11th August 2015, SC declared that Aadhar card is not mandatory for all the government schemes and services. Supreme Court has specifically instructed central government that Aadhar card can only be used for welfare government schemes.
Use of Aadhar Card is Optional:
Supreme Court has said that Aadhar card will be optional for use in government services. It will be the decision of an individual whether to opt for Aadhar based service or not. None of the government can force people to use Aadhar card for availing any scheme benefits. Supreme Court also stated that personal information of such Aadhar card holders will not be shared with any authorities. The three member bench headed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar said that any personal information of Aadhar card will not be shared with any authority. SC instructed central government to advertise to the public that Aadhar card is not mandatory for availing government schemes’ benefits through electronic and print media.
Aadhar Card Mandatory for only 3 Schemes:
Court said, “Aadhar card will not be used for any other service except PDS, Kerosene and LPG cylinders distribution”. SC also ruled that UIDAI cannot use collected information without the permission of court except in the case of criminal investigation. However, court ordered that enrollment for Aadhar card cannot be stopped.
After the Supreme Court’s order, it will be interesting to see what will be the next step of the central government. Will they bring it through legislative law or will just abide by the apex court’s order.