Deadline to get Aadhaar for social welfare schemes extended to 30 September: Govt tells SC

A vacation bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said that no interim order can be passed at this stage on the 'mere apprehension' of petitioners that government may deprive people from availing benefits of various social welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar.

PTI June 27, 2017 12:24:50 IST
Deadline to get Aadhaar for social welfare schemes extended to 30 September: Govt tells SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to pass any interim order against the Centre's notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes. The government, however, told the court that the deadline to get Aadhaar for those beneficiaries has been extended to 30 September from 30 June.

A vacation bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Navin Sinha said that no interim order can be passed at this stage on the "mere apprehension" of petitioners that government may deprive people from availing benefits of various social welfare schemes due to lack of Aadhaar.

Deadline to get Aadhaar for social welfare schemes extended to 30 September Govt tells SC

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The bench referred to the 9 June judgement passed by the apex court in which it had upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for allotment of PAN cards and filing of tax returns, but had put a partial stay on its implementation till a Constitution bench addressed the issue of right to privacy.

The bench said, "In view of the observations made in the judgement in Para 90 of the case... decided on 9 June, no further observation is required."

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that the Centre has extended the 30 June deadline to 30 September for those who do not have Aadhaar and are availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes.

Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for petitioners, told the court that the Centre should be directed not to deprive any person of the benefits of social welfare schemes which he/she is enjoying now due to lack of Aadhaar.

"No interim order can be passed in mandamus on mere apprehensions. You have to wait for one week. If somebody is deprived (of the benefits) you can point out the same to this court," the bench told Divan and posted the matter for further hearing on 7 July.

The apex court was hearing three separate petitions challenging government's notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes.

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