SRINAGAR September 27: Making Aadhar mandatory for welfare schemes denies poor and marginalized sections of society of their rights. The Supreme Court’s latest judgment ruling that private companies cannot have access to data and Aadhar is not required for bank accounts, mobile connections, admissions to educational institutions and entrance exams will prove to be ineffective.
In the recent years, the Government has outsourced several services to private companies and despite the Apex Court judgment such companies will have access to Aadhar data. This is violative of the right to privacy – a fundamental right – ruled by the apex court itself.
The CPI (M) has always maintained that Aadhar should not be mandatory for any welfare scheme. Unfortunately, the majority judgment of the Supreme Court continues to maintain Aadhar as mandatory. The Supreme Court’s so-called safeguards will prove to be ineffective. The benefits for the poor and marginalized sections can only be reached if Aadhar is explicitly made non-mandatory. The CPI (M) will continue its struggle on this score.
The CPI (M) welcomes the minority judgment of Justice Chandrachud who has held that the passing of the Aadhar legislation in parliament as a money bill is a fraud on the Constitution.