Plea against making Aadhaar mandatory in Delhi HC

A plea has been filed up in the Delhi High Court challenging the Government’s decision of making Aadhar card mandatory for accessing various welfare schemes. High Courts’ Judge Rajiv Shakdhar on hearing this plea has asked for answer issuing notice to the Delhi Government. The plea has been filed by Ashutosh Chandaula in which he has said that the Planning Commission has made Aadhaar optional while it has been mandatory for accessing various welfare schemes in Delhi. Planning Commission began this program especially for those people who did not have their Identity proof document. The Aadhaar will, therefore, be helpful for those people in opening up of bank accounts and accessing welfare schemes. Enrolling for this card has not been made compulsory. Therefore, Delhi government should be directed to accept voter card, passport and other documents and not only Aadhar card for welfare schemes.

The 12-digit Unique Identification (UID) Number (Aadhaar) will soon be a valid address proof for Permanent Account Number (PAN) application. A proposal was sent to the Finance Ministry recently to include Aadhaar in the current list of valid Identification proof. Ministry has taken a decision to issue a notification in this regard. The aim of this step is tackle the problem of fake or duplicate PAN cards. Income Tax Department (ITD) allots PAN card to taxpayers. The ministry through ITD has included 1.75 lakh Aadhaar numbers so far in its database. The department has been working on preparing the biometric database of the taxpayers from the last three years. This work will become easier with the Aadhaar data. Last year Ministry issued a new 49-A PAN card application form for Indian citizens and companies in which the applicants can give their Aadhaar numbers. Till December last year 16.49 crore PAN cards were issued in the country. IT Department found that many of people have more than one PAN card while many while many are giving incorrect details to escape from taxes.

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