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‘Aadhaar enrollment not mandatory’

‘Aadhaar enrollment not mandatory’
The government is not considering any proposal to make it mandatory for citizens to get Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), Parliament was informed on Friday.

“There is no such proposal under consideration of the government at this stage,” Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply to Lok Sabha, on a question as to whether government proposes to make it mandatory for every citizen to get Aadhaar card issued by UIDAI, or not.

Singh said: “Various ministries, departments and agencies of Centre and states that implement different schemes/ programmes involving provisions of benefits or services are encouraged to leverage Aadhaar for elimination of fakes and duplicates from the list of beneficiaries, increasing efficiency of implementation and achieving higher levels of transparency in operations.

“In doing so, it has to be ensured that no eligible person suffers, or is denied any benefit or service, merely for the lack of an Aadhaar.”  On Monday, the Supreme Court asked the Centre and all states to “adhere to” its earlier order that no person should be denied any benefits or “suffer” for not having Aadhaar cards, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). A batch of pleas is pending in the apex court against decisions by some states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for a range of activities.

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