UIDAI sees victory in Supreme Court judgement

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2018 09:03:49



THE Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Wednesday termed the Supreme Court judgement, which upheld Aadhaar as a constitutionally valid scheme, as a victory. The Unique Identification Authority of India CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey told PTI that the 4:1 apex court judgement announced on Wednesday is in favour of Aadhaar. “It is 4:1 judgement in favour of Aadhaar. The court has declared Aadhaar constitutionally valid.

It is a money bill. It can be used for pan card. It empowers poor and marginalised section. Aadhaar can be used for subsidies and Government schemes so that there is no leakage of Government funds. It can be used for income tax so that tax evasion and black money can be curbed,” Pandey said.

The SC on Wednesday declared the Centre’s flagship Aadhaar scheme as Constitutionally valid. The apex court’s five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said Aadhaar is meant to help benefits reach the marginalised sections of the society and takes into account the dignity of people not only from personal but also from community point of view. Justice Sikri struck down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act permitting private entities to avail Aadhaar data and ruled that Aadhaar authentication data cannot be stored for more than six months. Reacting to the court order of annulling section 57, Pandey said: “The court has restricted private usage (of Aadhaar) without any backing of Law. Same has been suggested by Justice Shrikrishna Committee”. The top court said Aadhaar is serving much bigger public interest and Aadhaar means unique and it is better to be unique than being best.

Original Aadhaar petitioner welcomes SC verdict


RETIRED Justice K S Puttaswamy, one of the first to question the legality of Aadhaar, on Wednesday welcomed the landmark Supreme Court judgement upholding its validity but restricting it to disbursement of social benefits.
“After holistic consideration, my opinion is that the majority judgement on the validity of Aadhaar Act is correct though I have not read the whole judgement yet,” the 92-year-old retired Karnataka High Court judge told the media here. A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Aadhaar would be voluntary and not mandatory with an option to exit. On linking of Aadhaar with Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory, the retired judge said those who pay income tax are limited and they belong to a separate class.

Nilekani hails SC order, says it’s critical to meeting development goals


NANDAN Nilekani, the architect of Aadhaar, the unique biometric data-based identification scheme, on Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding its constitutional validity, saying the Government’s flagship project was critical to meeting the development goals.
He also insisted that the scheme was inclusive and not exclusive.

“Aadhaar is a unique identity project that is critical to the developmental goals of the nation,” Nilekani, former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India, tasked with the job of issuing Aadhaar cards, tweeted. “This is a landmark judgement in favour of #Aadhaar. Aadhaar includes, it doesn’t exclude,” he said in a series of tweets after the Supreme Court order.

Balanced verdict, says IT industry on SC directive on Aadhaar


THE Supreme Court verdict in the Aadhaar case is balanced as it has upheld the constitutional validity of the scheme while also addressing data privacy issues, leading figures in the information technology (IT) industry said.

The judgement removes a big barrier to the Centre’s flagship scheme’s acceptability and ‘settles’ the law, T V Mohandas Pai, a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Infosys Ltd said. “Overall, a very good balanced judgement which recognises Aadhaar as a unique entity, empowers the Government to make Aadhaar mandatory with conditions in certain cases and recognises the primacy of the individual’s right to her data,” he said. Another ex-CFO of Infosys, V Balakrishnan said the apex court has come out with a balanced view on the issue.