Big Aadhaar verdict: Here is what it changes

The development comes as the five-bench Constitutional bench strikes down Section 33(2) &Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act

Published: 26th September 2018 12:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2018 04:01 PM   |  A+A-

The top court order refrainsTelecom firms from asking you Aadhaar details (File image)

By Online Desk

With the Supreme Court upholding the validity of Aadhaar, the following institutions/organisations, which were earlier demanding the biometric cards, will cease to do so as the top court order refrains them from asking Aadhaar details of individuals.

The entities which now can't demand Aadhaar now are:

  1. Mobile phone firms: With Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act struck down by the Supreme Court, private mobile companies are disallowed to collect Aadhaar data of customers while selling SIM cards.
  2. Educational institutes: Aadhaar card is not needed for admission into schools too. Any child who does not produce his/her biometric card can't also be denied benefits of any schemes extended to them in school. Further, Aadhaar card ceases to be compulsory to apper for CBSE, UGC and NEET examinations.
  3. Banks & other financial institutions: Aadhaar is not necessary for opening a bank account as the Supreme Court has scrapped Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act which earlier allowed the private banks to avail the biometric data

The development comes as the five-bench Constitutional bench has struck down Section 33(2) of the Aadhaar Act (that allows UIDAI to share data only with officers with the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India and above in the interest of national security) along with Section 57 of the Act that allows private entities to use Aadhaar for verification purpose.

Where Aadhaar is a must:

  • It is mandatory to link PAN card with Aadhaar 
  • Aadhaar is a must for filing income tax returns 
  • Aadhaar is compulsory for availing welfare schemes and subsidies provided by both state and central governments 
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