Aadhaar verdict in Supreme Court: “Aadhaar means unique and it’s better to be unique than being best.” The apex court formed this observation whereas pronouncing of the verdict of the decision by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra.
The Supreme Court on wednesday upheld constitutional validity of Aadhaar and strike down Section 57 permitting personal entities to avail the information. However, it ruled that Aadhar isn’t required for school admissions and mobile phone connections. Also, people will approach courts to file cases under the Aadhaar Act. Earlier, only the UIDAI and its officials may file cases.
Stating that Aadhaar empowers the marginalised sections of society and gave them an identity, the SC asked the Central government to introduce a strong data protection law as soon as possible.
The bench had on may 10 reserved the decision on the matter after a marathon hearing that went on for 38 days, spanning four-and-half months.
Where Aadhaar isn’t required
1. kids can’t be denied any profit thanks to not having Aadhaar. Hence, Aadhaar isn’t required for varsity admissions or the other government theme that advantages kids.
2. mandatory linking of mobile phone numbers to Aadhaar
3. Aadhaar isn’t needed for opening a bank account and banking services
4. CBSE, NEET, UGC cannot make Aadhaar mandatory to appear in entrance examinations
5. No individual entity will avail Aadhaar information which includes telecommunication companies and mobile wallets
Where Aadhaar is mandatory
1. Linking of PAN with Aadhaar
2. necessary for filing of IT returns and allotment of Permanent Account number
3. For availing government welfare scheme advantages