The Supreme Court’s aadhaar judgement has clarified the law on the services where the Government cannot insist on the Aadhaar card.
It has also laid down the services for which aadhaar card is mandatory.
Services for which Aadhaar linking is mandatory
1. It is mandatory to link Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar.
2. Aadhaar is compulsory for filing Income Tax (IT) returns.
3. Aadhaar is must for availing facilities of welfare schemes and government subsidies.
Services for which Aadhaar linking is not mandatory
1. It is not mandatory to link bank account with Aadhaar.
2. Telecom service providers cannot seek Aadhaar linking for mobile connections, said SC.
3. Aadhaar is not mandatory for school admissions. No child can be denied benefits of any schemes on not being able to bring Aadhaar.
4. The examinations conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission (UGC) cannot make Aadhaar mandatory.
The judgement of the Supreme Court states that there is nothing in the Aadhaar Act which violates right to privacy of individual citizen.
The Supreme Court declared the Aadhaar scheme as constitutionally valid but struck down some of its provisions.
It struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act which permits private entities to avail Aadhaar data and ruled that Aadhaar authentication data cannot be stored for more than six months.
It also directed the government not to give Aadhaar to illegal immigrants.
The Supreme Court also struck down the national security exception under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act.
— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) September 26, 2018
Not mandatory to link Aadhaar to bank a/c
DoT notification of linking SIM with Aadhaar held unconstitutional
Corporates to seek Aadhaar for authentication held unconstitutional#Aadhaar not mandatory for school admissions
Authentication records can’t be kept for more than 6months
— Saloni Dhanuka (@dhanuka_saloni) September 26, 2018
So hopefully now – NO more pop ups and tele calls asking me to link my Aadhar with Bank Accounts / Tickets / Mobiles.
Everything under the sun CANNOT be linked to Aadhaar.
Right to #privacy !#RightToPrivacy #AadhaarVerdict https://t.co/3ahVcrgWoi
— Anisha Jain (@_anishaj) September 26, 2018