Government approves Aadhaar card to be voluntary, but not “obligatory”

Aadhaar serves as a unique ID proof for every citizen.It was always a topic of debate whether to make aadhaar card compulsory or to make them voluntary so as to facilitate the use of the government introduced schemes in favour of a common man. With Modi Sarkar in administration Aadhaar received thumbs up but it was decided to make the aadhaar card voluntary and not mandatory. UID scheme plays a major role and till date it has covered 67% of the total inhabitants of the country who have registered for Aadhaar card and submitted their biometric details.

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Standing into the shoes of UPA administration, the Centre on Friday told Supreme Court that it would carry on with Unique Identification (UID) or Aadhaar card scheme for its multiple welfares to community.

Modi government made it certain that UID scheme is “voluntary” and not mandatory. The top court, which had controlled the authorities from making the Aadhaar card obligatory for ranging benefits to community in September 2013, had requested the Modi government to explain whether it would like to last with the scheme.

“There is a dense case for extension of the UID scheme in opinion of the extensive use and the paybacks being provided to the Aadhaar enrollees,” the government said filing a joint affidavit counting finance ministry, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and other authorities in reaction to the court’s inquiry on a PIL which tested the cogency of the Aadhaar card scheme.

“The enrolment to the UID scheme is done only on a voluntary basis and it is not obligatory upon any individual to register with UID scheme and thus part with their biometric info,” the government added.

Contrasting the PIL, which wanted court to strike down the plan, management provided the statistics over the scheme stating that by  March 31, 2015 a increasing expenses of Rs.5,980 crore and over 1,000 crore on IT set-up has been suffered under the scheme.”

“Over Rs.80.48 crore UID numbers have been generated on requests, also Rs.16.25 crore bank accounts have been connected to it making it easier for the civilians to get direct benefit transfer (DBT), also over 37 crore cooking gas subsidy transfer trades amounting to total of over Rs. 11,500 crore and a total of 61 lakh expense transactions have been done through DBT across the republic for 34 schemes amounting to Rs 681.14 crore,” as specified in the affidavit while clarifying the numerous welfares of the scheme.

It quoted the instance of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act also known as MNREGA, the government appealed that the UID scheme has assisted it in rationalization the MGNREGA data base.

Countering the assertions in the PIL, the ruling classes said the UID has both constitutional as well as legal basis, the government said overview of the scheme falls within the realm of constructive duties that must  be released by the state.

Even though Right to Privacy Bill is under attention now a day, it laid stress on right to privacy and data safety. Explaining that it said, “Robust methods are being implemented to defend the information linked to Aadhaar and its use. UID structure ensures data security fortification.”

The court was facing a PIL filed by Bangalore’s resident named Mathew Thomas claiming that assemblage of data was being carried out by definite foreign firms with alleged doubtful credentials which would interrupt one’s confidentiality and privacy.

Inquisitive of the locus of the requester, the administration wanted the court to discard the appeal and permit it to go forward with the scheme.

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