SC confirms Aadhaar only for LPG, PDS subsidies


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has refused to stay its earlier order that the use of the Aadhaar Card to pass on the benefits of various government schemes. The top court maintained that the Aadhaar card could only be used for disbursing the subsidies for LPG and the public distribution system (PDS).

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had argued on Tuesday that the choice of giving up his or her privacy in registering for an Aadhaar card. The government and other bodies, like the Reserve Bank of India and commercial banks have been pressing the court to allow Aadhaar cards to be used as identity proof for financial, telecom and stock market services.

a petition filed by activists and NGOs that registering for an Aadhaar card violated individual privacy by collecting biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.The Centre has countered that privacy is not a fundamental right enshrined in the constitution.

Last month, a three-judge bench of the top court had referred the question of whether privacy is a fundamental right to a five-judge constitution bench. Even as it did so, the three-judge bench agreed with the Centre that the right to privacy was vague.

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