SC to hear today plea challenging move to make Aadhaar must for getting PAN card
Supreme Court will hear on Saturday a petition challenging the government’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for acquiring a permanent number (PAN)india Updated: Apr 29, 2017 18:31 IST
The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday a plea challenging the government’s move to make Aadhaar card mandatory for acquiring a permanent number (PAN), a move that has raised concerns over breach of citizens’ privacy.
The government has defended the move saying it was needed to curb black money as there were instances of people procuring multiple PAN cards to divert funds to shell companies.
An Aadhaar card, containing a 12-digit identification number, is issued to individuals after collecting their biometric data such as retina scan and fingerprints, making them virtually tamper-proof.
The government has also made Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of social welfare schemes but recent massive leak of citizens details – including mobile numbers and bank details -- has raised privacy concerns.
Earlier on Friday, the apex court had expressed displeasure over the Centre’s move to make Aadhaar mandatory. The court had pointed out that in August 2015, it had ruled that Aadhaar cards will not be mandatory for availing benefits of welfare schemes.
The apex court had last month given the green signal for making Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts, getting mobile connections and getting passports.