Aadhaar verdict: 3 ways Supreme Court's judgment affects you
In an important judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the legality of Aadhaar program and noted it empowered the marginalized section of the society. The apex court struck down some provisions relating to authentication of the programme, and the Section 57 of Aadhaar Act. From mandatory PAN-linking to mobile companies pestering you, here's how the judgment affects you.
Those challenging the constitutional validity of Aadhaar alleged it was a massive surveillance activity. Quelling these fears, the apex court ruled linking Aadhaar with mobile number and bank account is not mandatory. With the striking down of Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, private companies can no longer ask for your details, which is essentially a 12-digit unique number.
Reading the judgment, Justice AK Sikri also said bodies like UGC, CBSE can't make Aadhaar compulsory. The bench said schools can also not make Aadhaar mandatory for children's admission. "For enrolment of children in Aadhaar, it would be essential to have the consent of parents. While attaining the age of 18, they will be given the choice of exit," Justice Sikri explained.
The Court ruled linking PAN card with Aadhaar is mandatory. In the last few months, the Centre had extended the deadline for this, numerous times. Notably, the apex court also said that Aadhaar Act needs to be passed as Money Bill in the Parliament, meaning it will not be sent to Rajya Sabha and can be cleared in the Lok Sabha itself.