Making Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes denies poor sections of society of their rights: Tarigami

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Srinagar, Sep 27: CPI (M) leader and incumbent legislator Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami Thursday said that making Aadhaar mandatory for welfare schemes denies poor and marginalized sections of society of their rights. The Supreme Court’s latest judgment ruling that private companies cannot have access to data and Aadhaar is not required for bank accounts, mobile connections, admissions to educational institutions and entrance exams will prove to be ineffective.
He said that in the recent years, the Government has outsourced several services to private companies and despite the Apex Court judgment such companies will have access to Aadhaar data. This is violative of the right to privacy – a fundamental right – ruled by the apex court itself.
“The CPI (M) has always maintained that Aadhaar should not be mandatory for any welfare scheme. Unfortunately, the majority judgment of the Supreme Court continues to maintain Aadhaar as mandatory. The Supreme Court’s so-called safeguards will prove to be ineffective. The benefits for the poor and marginalized sections can only be reached if Aadhaar is explicitly made non-mandatory. The CPI (M) will continue its struggle on this score.”
“The CPI (M) welcomes the minority judgment of Justice Chandrachud who has held that the passing of the Aadhaar legislation in parliament as a money bill is a fraud on the Constitution.”