Latest News - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:09:12 AM
Dealing a huge blow to the Centre's ambitious scheme to link essential services with the Aadhaar card, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre not to make it mandatory for availing of government benefits and services.
Pointing at the shortcomings of the Aadhaar scheme rolled out by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a Bench headed by Justice B.S. Chauhan said UID number should not be necessary for essential services such as gas connections, vehicle registration, scholarships, marriage registration, salaries and provident fund.
The court also said the Aadhaar cards should not be issued to illegal immigrants as it would legitimise their stay in the country. There have been reports of a huge number of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants being issued Aadhaar cards.