Will Aadhaar be made a must? Supreme Court verdict tomorrow

Supreme Court rules Aadhaar not mandatory for bank accounts, mobile numbers, school admissions

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court held the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar and struck down the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act that was allowing the private entities to avail the Aadhaar data from the government.

The Congress party which introduced the scheme, welcomed the court decision to prevent private companies from accessing peoples' Aadhaar numbers.

Section 57, meanwhile, permits private entities to avail Aadhaar data, which the court disallowed.

- Mandating Aadhaar for benefits and services under Section 7 would lead to a situation in which citizens will not be able to live without Aadhaar.

Aadhaar not mandatory for Sarvasiksha Abhiyan. He has stated what all it can be used for, and who can't make an Aadhaar mandatory anymore.

A five-judge bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra has been hearing the Aadhaar case over the last four months. So you don't need to give your Aadhaar to private bodies like banks, schools, mobile companies.

Aadhaar must not be made compulsory for school admission and the administration can not make it mandatory.

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There is a fundamental difference between Aadhaar card and identity. "This may affect the fintech as well as other financial companies which uses the only Aadhar as their identity verification mechanism", added Patel. Speaking to news agency ANI, the saffron party's national spokesperson Sambit Patra said the top court's decision showed that Aadhaar was "safe and can not be duplicated", adding that it "gives strength to poor people".

"It takes care of citizens' rights and it ensures we don't have a surveillance state in place, it ensures that our privacy is not intruded into, and at the same time, it protects the rights of the marginalised", Sibal told television channel CNN-IBN in an interview as the ruling was being delivered.

It would not be mandatory for school admissions, as also for the examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission.

The Supreme Court later clarified that it had never given any such order.

The Justice K S Puttaswamy case writ petition (civil) no (s) 494/2012 has already made history as the nine-judge bench of Supreme Court, while hearing the case, recognised the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right previous year.

Section 139AA was incorporated to the Income Tax Act vide Finance Act, 2017 requiring mandatory quoting of Aadhaar or enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form for filing of income tax returns and making application for allotment of PAN (Permanent Account Number). Today's SC judgement has now sealed the legitimacy of Aadhaar, while restricting the scope of its uses - a balanced decision overall.

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