Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

SC questions Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards

SC questions Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for PAN cards

The Supreme Court, previously on March 27, had made it clear that the Aadhaar can not be made mandatory by the government for the extension of benefits of social welfare schemes.

He also explained the decision on mandatory linking of PAN card with Aadhaar would reduce chances of duplications as it was found one man could possess several PAN cards on different names.

"Is making Aadhaar by force the only way to tackle fraud?" the Supreme Court asked the central government.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was defending the government's decision in the apex court, told the court that the government had taken the decision under the Uniform Identification Number act.

According to the reports by a news agency, Supreme Court was quoted as asking: "How can you make Aadhaar card mandatory when we have passed an order to make it optional?"

In 2015, the Supreme Court had issued an order saying that Aadhaar can not be made mandatory for government schemes.

Rohatgi said that government has found that the Pan Cards are being used to divert funds to shell companies and to prevent it, the Centre has the only option is to make Aadhar card mandatory.

Last month, the SC said that the government could make Aadhaar mandatory for getting passports, opening bank accounts or getting mobile connections.

On August 11, 2015, the SC had said that Aadhaar cards will not be compulsory for getting benefits of government's welfare schemes and had instructed the authorities not to share personal biometric data collected for enrolment under the scheme, the India Today report says.

The apex court will hear the matter on Tuesday for final disposal.

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