The Supreme Court of India has cleared all the doubts regarding the validity of Aadhar card to avail of government subsidies. The SC has confirmed that the Aadhar card is not compulsory, and further, officials who insist on them will be taken to task. This was headed by Justice Jasti Chelameswar.
The court further said that “No person should be denied any benefits or “suffer” for not having the Aadhaar cards issued by Unique Identification Authority of India.”
Knowledge is Wealth
- Aadhaar is a programme of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to provide every resident a unique and mandatory 12-digit identity number.
- The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an attached office of the Planning Commission of India.
- More thab Rs. 3,500 crore was spent on Aadhaar program from the beginning (January-2009) till January 2015 with enrollment of more than 80 crore persons.
- Nandan Nilekani was appointed as the first Chairman of the UIDAI in June 2009 and he was resigned from the post in March 2014 to contest in the Lok Sabha election.
- Vijay S Madan is the current Director General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India.
- The Supreme Court had then directed the government to immediately withdraw instructions making Aadhaar mandatory for citizens to avail benefits or face contempt proceedings.