10 instances when the govt said you needed Aadhaar
(but you actually didn't)
The Supreme Court on Aug.11, 2015 told the government to give wide publicity in media that Aadhar was not mandatory to get benefits which are otherwise due to citizens. In September 2013 itself, the apex court had ordered that no citizen should be denied government benefits for not having the Aadhar card.
However, governments — Centre and States — have tried to press Aadhar on people by making it mandatory to access select services. Often, the orders had to be retracted after protests. Here are 10 instances where governments insisted on people having an Aadhar.
Jan Dhan Yojana
The scheme to open bank accounts for all, launched immediately after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden Independence Day speech last year, says an Aadhaar card is enough to open an account on the spot.
However, the government clarified later that the card is not mandatory.
In a recent interview, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was considering making the use of Aadhaar mandatory so it “could provide a trail of all real estate transactions by an individual.”
This, according to the FM, would aid in the crackdown on black money.
In Oct. 2014, the Central government said it would start linking mobile SIM cards with Aadhaar numbers.
It was said this would be an advantage for subscribers as they can get a host of services including financial transactions.
It later clarified that it was not a mandatory process.
In Dec. 2014, a report said the Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, in the wake of the Uber taxi rape incident, wanted all matrimonial sites to make it compulsory for users to provide their Aadhaar numbers for profile authentication.
Jail visits in Telangana
Faced with the daunting task of screening criminals posing as visitors to jails, the Telangana Prisons Department (TPD) has found a solution: In the near future, all those visiting prison inmates should carry their Aadhaar cards, it said on Aug.11, 2015.
In Dec. 2014, officials of Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation came under criticism for insisting on Aadhaar numbers for payment of property tax. This practice by corporation officials has also been reported in Chennai.