Aadhar Not Mandatory for Availing Welfare Schemes: SC
Aadhar card will be optional for availing various welfare schemes of the government, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday. No personal information of the holders of such cards shall be shared by any authority; except for the purpose of criminal investigation and that too with approval of the court, ordered SC. The court has also asked the government to give widespread publicity through various media that Aadhar is not mandatory. So, Aadhar can now be used for Public Distribution Schemes (PDS) food grains, kerosene and LPG, but it was not mandatory to avail the benefits of those schemes.
A three-judge-bench of Supreme Court that was hearing petitions challenging the Centre’s scheme to provide Aadhar card to all citizens and decide whether right to privacy is a fundamental right but it was later referred to a Constitution Bench by the SC. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi who argued for the Centre said that no information on Aadhar will be shared by any authority as a privacy concern.