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Govt in an 'Aadhar' fix: CPI(M) welcomes SC decision
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has welcomed the Supreme Court's judgement on Aadhar card saying that the union government and state governments have been illegally linking social security benefits to Unique Identity Number.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the CPI(M) said, “The Polit Bureau welcomes the judgement of the Supreme Court that the Aadhar Unique Identity cannot be made mandatory for receiving social benefit schemes.”

The left party came down heavily on the UPA government for imposing the agenda of Aadhar card on people. The CPI(M) said, “The government has been illegally instituting the cash transfer schemes and identification of beneficiaries of social welfare schemes based on the Aadhar identity.”

Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Aadhar Unique Identity card could not be made mandatory and that it would remain voluntary in nature. Hearing a petition filed by retired judge of the Karnataka High Court, Justice KS Puttaswamy, the apex court dealt a serious blow to the government’s attempts in making Aadhar card mandatory linking entitlement to social security benefits with the UID.

The apex court also rejected the Centre’s argument that Rs. 50,000 crore has been spent on the UID project asking as to why did the government sped so much when it is not mandatory. The Aadhar project has been in controversy ever since it was conceived.

The Union Home Ministry was critical of the project under the then Home Minister P Chidambaram, who favoured creation of a national population register. For long, the projects and ministries concerned did not share their data. The UID project got a boost only after P Chidambaram was moved to the finance ministry. Now, the Supreme Court’s decision has put the central government in a bind. 

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