Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Supreme Court Rules that Aadhaar Card not Necessary to get Essential Services

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The Supreme Court of India has ruled that state governments must not insist that citizens produce the Aadhaar card in order to receive essential services.

In what is being billed as a landmark development, India's highest court ruled that the unique identification (UID) number, popularly known as Aadhaar Card, is no longer mandatory when it comes to getting essential services from either the central or state governments. The Aadhaar card is a central pillar of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's agenda.

For some time now, some state governments have been insisting that citizens have to produce their Aadhaar Card in order to receive essential services such as registration of marriage unions, salary and provident fund disbursement as well as a host of other public services.

The ruling was delivered in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) case filed by Justice KS Puttaswamy, a retired Karnataka High Court judge, and an advocate Pravesh Khanna. The two had questioned the legal sanctity of the requirement to produce the Aadhaar card to complete every day formalities at government offices. 

The Apex Court's bench comprising Justices SA Bobde and BS Chauhan also directed both state and central governments not to issue the Aadhaar card to immigrants who come into the country illegally. 



Source : http://zeenews.india.com/news/nation/aadhar-cards-not-compulsory-supreme-court_878540.html
             http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/aadhaar-card-must-be-voluntary-says-supreme-court-422675
            

Saturday, March 16, 2013

What is Aadhaar Card in India ?

What is Aadhaar Card in India? If you are a citizen of India, Aadhaar Card is a new identity card that has been recently become developed for everyone to apply for. It is not mandatory yet, although it will probably be in the near future. Whether you are an adult or a child, having your own Aadhaar Card with a special unique 12-digit identification number is necessary.

So even if you are a family, each individual in your family needs to apply to receive a different Aadhaar Card. Your card will include your name, residence address, your photograph, iris-scan, and your fingerprints. It is one step towards a more modern way of identifying Indian citizens.

So what are some of the benefits of owning an Aadhaar Card? For instance, it helps you easily open bank accounts, book e-tickets online, apply for a new passport, and many more governmental and social services available to Aadhaar Card oweners. In general, your Aadhaar Card will make all these steps easier and faster for you.

What is Aadhaar Card in India?