Linking Aadhaar With Mobile Phone, Bank Account Halted By Supreme Court
Citizens of India need not to link their Aadhaar numbers to a range of services including bank accounts, mobile phones and passport, for which the last date decided till 31st March.
The apex court said that Aadhaar is mandatory for accessing social welfare schemes, pension, employment schemes and subsidies only but not mandatory for private and public services and the top court also stated that this is a violation of the right to privacy.
India launched Aadhaar, now the world’s biggest biometric database, in 2009 to streamline welfare payments and reduce wastage in public spending.
“The government cannot insist for mandatory Aadhaar even for issuance of Tatkal passport,” the Supreme Court said.
In January, Aadhaar was made mandatory not only for the renewal of passport, but also for new passports issued within three days under the tatkaal category – an order that has been challenged by activist Vrinda Grover.
Deadline of March 31 that was earlier declared for bank accounts and mobile phones to be linked to Aadhaar, has now been extended till it decides on whether the Aadhaar Act is illegal.