Aadhaar is constitutionally valid, but not mandatory for all things : SC Verdict

New Delhi : The Supreme Court’s all-important verdict on contentious Aadhaar upheld the constitutional validity of flagship Aadhaar.

However the apex court struck down several sections in the Aadhaar Act and gave out a list of items which mandated Aadhaar and those that don’t.

Aadhaar Essential For
1) Aadhaar has to be linked to PAN card to keep it valid.

2) Aadhaar is essential for filing income tax returns.

3) Aadhaar is essential for availing welfare schemes and subsidies given by the government.

Not Needed For
1) Aadhaar is not required to open bank account. SC struck down Sec  57 of the Aadhaar Act  that allows private companies to access Aadhaar data.

2) Also with Sec 57 gone, private entities like telecom and e-commerce firms are now barred from asking for Aadhaar. So no Aadhaar for SIM or online shopping.

3) Aadhaar is not essential for admission into schools

4) Aadhaar not compulsory to appear for CBSE, UGC and NEET examinations.

Today’s verdict was delivered by five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AK Sikri, Justices AM Khanwilkar,  DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.

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