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Supreme Court upholds the constitutional validity of Aadhaar, says"Unique is better than best"

Updated : September 26, 2018 05:14 PM IST

The five-judge bench of Supreme Court upholds the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. Supreme Court said that Aadhaar act serves as a much larger public interest and it is unique.

Benefits of Aadhaar outweigh privacy concerns with respect to collection of minimal data, added the apex court.

However, the Supreme Court has struck down certain provisions of the Aadhaar act.

Aadhaar is not mandatory for mobile connections, opening of bank accounts; linking Aadhaar to banks is unconstitutional. It is not needed for admissions in schools, CBSE, NEET exams.

Private firms cannot insist on Aadhaar information.

Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of income tax return and linking of Aadhaar and PAN and also availing government's welfare schemes and subsidies.

Other key announcements
  • Children shouldn't be denied benefits in absence of Aadhaar.
  • Parents' consent required for child's enrollment in the Aadhaar system.
  • No Aadhaar for illegal immigrants.
Read more about: Supreme Court upholds Aadhaar, but limits its uses and calls for changes. 
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