Central Government and Oil Companies have been struck by a jolt once again. Supreme Court has refused to amend its decision on Aadhar card. Its next hearing will held on 22 October. In its earlier decision SC announced that enrollment for Aadhar card and making it essential for availing a scheme cannot be made mandatory. Government and three oil companies filed a petition for requesting changes in this decision. Government says that if decision on Aadhar card is not changed then many schemes will be affected. If SC’ decision is accepted then Aadhaar will no longer be mandatory for availing direct benefits. Government is in mood to give subsidy through Aadhaar. Aadhar card has also been made mandatory for availing subsidy benefits on LPG cylinders.
After the apex court’s decision, central government filed a petition in the court to make modification in the order. After the government, three oil companies also headed towards the court for seeking a relief on the Aadhar card verdict. SC declared 8 October as the hearing date for the petition. The next hearing on this matter will be done on 22 October which is 2 weeks away from now on. However, government is saying that enrolling for Aadhaar is not mandatory but it can be made mandatory for availing benefits of schemes and services. The Union Cabinet, however, has approved the National Identification Authority of India Bill to give Aadhaar a legal status in the country.