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Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory for govt schemes, rules SC

Aadhaar cards cannot be made mandatory for govt schemes, rules SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that the Aadhar numbers/cards being prepared by the Unique Identification Authority (UIDAI) can't be the sole proof for the government's various schemes.

The apex court order came while hearing a Public Interest Petition (PIL) filed by KS Puttaswamy, a retired judge of the Karnataka High Court, seeking to examine the legal sanctity of Aadhar.

The SC asked the Centre not to make Aadhar mandatory to get the benefit of government schemes and to avail various services of the state and central government.

Puttaswamy filed the PIL alleging that the government is bypassing Parliament by going ahead with the distribution of UID numbers and cards to all residents.

The PIL had also raised doubts over the collection of personal data by the government. It had argued that it not only violated the citizen's fundamental right to privacy but was also an executive act in overreach of Parliament, which is yet to grant statutory powers to Aadhar.

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