Petition in SC asks for stay on Aadhaar linkage to 17 schemes
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a joint petition that asks for the stay on linking of Aadhaar with more than 17 schemes. The petition has termed the Aadhaar Act 2016 “unconstitutional” as merely 73 members of 543 were present in the house when the act was passed on March 11 in 2016. The petition is signed by Magsaysay award winner Shanta Sinha and feminist activist Kalyani Sen.
Aadhaar taken too far
The petition stated that UIDAI platform that contains Aadhaar database is utilized to affect every aspect in an individual’s life—from filing e-returns, holding a valid PAN card, maintaining a bank account, air or rail travel, admissions to subscribing a phone connection. The petition says that it is a mandatory requirement of Aadhaar that people part with their biometric information to avail benefits of a scheme. From July 1, 2017, if an individual is not willing to part with personal biometric information, he will be denied the social benefits that he is entitled to. Recently, Aadhaar tagging has been introduced for cows to ensure protection to the cattle population.