Central government told Supreme that it would extend the deadline of Aadhaar card mandatory to avail benefits of social welfare schemes. Aadhaar card was made mandatory to adopt various social welfare schemes like pension for old people, Jan Dhan scheme, and LPG subsidy.
To avail all these schemes provided by government Aadhaar card linking is mandatory. When the identity of an individual is present in the government records only then, they can obtain the benefits. Recently prestigious Supreme Court has arranged a nine judge bench including Jagdish Singh Khehar, former Apex Court judge decided that right to privacy is a fundamental right.
Attorney General K K Venugopal submitted the official announcement of deadline shifted from September 30 to December 31. Some of the lawyers have submitted petitions by challenging the government regarding the decision of right to privacy, then how can be Aadhaar used to know the public’s transactions.
Senior advocate Shyam Divan, in support of petitioners, reminded the apex court that a nine-judge bench had recently declared right to privacy a fundamental right and now a batch of Aadhaar related petitions should be taken up for hearing by an appropriate bench.
Speaking about the petition that has been applied and requested for hearing Venugopal informed them that there is a lot of time to discuss the issue as the date of Aadhaar card has been extended and the hearing can be done in November.
“Urgency is not there. The Attorney General is saying that it will be extended. It (petitions) will be listed in the first week of November,” the bench formed said. After the submission of a petition challenging Aadhaar, SC finally agreed for the hearing in the first week of November.
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