Pub:24.09.2013, Dealing a body blow to the UPA-II’s ambitious Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) project, the Supreme Court on Monday said Aadhaar cards are not mandatory for availing government services such as domestic cooking gas, food subsidy, marriage certificates, salary reimbursements and other services.
The SC order comes after the parliamentary standing committee on finance rejected the National Identification Authority of India Bill that would have given legal backing to the Aadhaar project. The government has been under attack for going ahead with the project without any statutory backing.
UIDAI, headed by the former Infosys chief, Nandan Nilekani, has so far issued 40.29 crore Aadhaar cards. The government was targeting a number of 60 crore cards by 2014.
The home ministry had also raised concerns on Aadhaar’s biometric data collection and verification methods stating that they do not meet security criteria. Besides, there has been a turf war with the home ministry’s National Population Register which too has been documenting photographs, fingerprints and iris scan of all citizens. The court’s directions came after a former judge of the Karnataka high court, KS Puttaswamy, filed a PIL alleging that the government was bypassing parliament by going ahead with the distribution of UID numbers and cards. The Supreme Court told the Centre not to make the Unique Identification Card mandatory for availing government schemes. The court said that the identification card could not be mandatory for states to provide services either.
Why Aaadhar Card
Aadhaar is a 12 digit individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India on behalf of the Government of India.
This number will serve as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.
Universality, which is ensured because Aadhaar will over time be recognised and accepted across the country and across all service providers.
By providing a clear proof of identity, Aadhaar will empower poor and underprivileged residents in accessing services such as the formal banking system and give them the opportunity to easily avail various other services provided by the Government and the private sector. The centralised technology infrastructure of the UIDAI will enable 'anytime, anywhere, anyhow' authentication. Aadhaar will thus give migrants mobility of identity.
How to download E-Aadhar Card
click on eaadhaar card download link,
fill all data correctly and carefully,
after fill all data click on submit button,
after open new page, select your register mobile no or add new mobile no. and press ok button,
then eaadhaar service sent you OTP Password,
add this password to box then click on submit button,
You will get eaadhaar download card link,
now save your eaadhaar card,
make it print.
Benefits of Aadhaar Card
unique number, unique identity,
opening Bank Account,
Gas cylinder connection,
Mobile number connection,
Applying for new Passport,
Making PAN card,
Identity for booking railway, air ticket.
other online services & more..
The Ministry of External Affairs has decided and accordingly advised all Passport Issuing Authorities to accept Aadhaar Letter/Card as proof of address (PoA) and Photo identity (PoI) in conjunction with any other prescribed documents for proof of address/identity for the purpose of passport application.
This is further clarified that the acknowledgement receipt issued by the UID authorities while applying for Aadhaar card does not constitute Aadhaar Letter/Card. An Aadhaar Letter/Card contains 12 digits Aadhaar No., which would only be accepted as PoI and PoA by Passport Issuance Authorities (PIAs). A sample copy of Aadhaar Letter/Card is enclosed for reference.