Published On: Thu, Oct 8th, 2015

SC stops use of Aadhaar card for salary and pension

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to modify its August 11 order that restricts the use of the Aadhaar card only to LPG and Public Distribution System schemes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Aadhaar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Aadhaar.

The three-judge bench said the government’s plea to extend the card scheme to more subsidies, salaries, pension disbursement and added that schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana must be dealt with by the Constitution Bench to which the matter has been referred to.

Additionally, no date has been specified as to when the larger bench would commence the hearing.

Financial bodies like the RBI, Sebi, IRDA, TRAI, Pension Fund Regulatory Authority and states like Gujarat and Jharkhand too, had similar pleas before the court which has been rejected.

In its September 2013 interim order, the apex court ruled that the card would not made mandatory in the use of government services.

It also ordered that nobody should be deprived of such facilities for want of the card.

The bench was hearing a batch of pleas against decisions of some states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for a range of activities including payment of salary, provident fund disbursement, marriage and property registration.

The Centre’s counsel is likely to mention as Thursday for urgent hearing of the case.


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