'Aadhaar cannot be mandatory' - The New Indian Express

'Aadhaar cannot be mandatory'

Published: 08th October 2013 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 08th October 2013 07:59 AM

Usha Ramanathan, an independent law researcher, who works on jurisprudence of law, poverty  and rights said Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for any government schemes after the recent observations by the apex court.

Delivering a talk on Aadhaar here on Monday, Usha said, after the Supreme Court’s observations, the Centre had stated that unique identification card will not be compulsory, but the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas still insists that people provide the number to get LPG cylinders.

When the National Population Registry was about to come out with a more efficient system, the unique identification card project was started, she said. 

It invades into the privacy of individuals, she observed.

“The unique identification card could have remained as a back-up for National Population Registry, but the authority seems to show less commitment,” she added.

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