Published On: Mon, Mar 27th, 2017

Aadhaar not mandatory for social welfare schemes: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said the unique identification number – Aadhaar card – cannot be made mandatory for availing benefits under social welfare schemes.

The government said nobody will be deprived of benefits because they don’t have an Aadhaar card

This was stated by a bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.

Senor counsel Shyam Divan had challenged a spare of orders issued by the government making Aadhaar mandatory to access benefits under various schemes.

It did add though that the government can’t be stopped from making it compulsory to have one for things like opening bank accounts. The top court also said that while a seven-judge bench needs to be set up to hear the pleas challenging Aadhaar, but that is not possible at this time.

Earlier this month, the government said nobody will be deprived of benefits because they don’t have an Aadhaar card.

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