Welcome relief. By ruling that the Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory for accessing public services and subsidies, the Supreme Court has provided...
By ruling that the Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory for accessing public services and subsidies, the Supreme Court has provided big relief to citizens. The apex court bench, consisting of Justices BS Chauhan and SA Bobde, which gave its ruling on Monday, is absolutely right in saying that the card can be issued only to genuine citizens and not to illegal immigrants, but probably it was not told that even genuine citizens have been complaining for months that, despite their herculean efforts, they have not been able to obtain an Aadhaar card. Every newspaper in the country any day has been carrying at least a few letters from readers about how, in spite of their having gone round the offices concerned for months, they could not obtain a card.
Of course, “Aadhaar” literally means “basis”, but nothing is more fatuous than that an Aadhaar card should be made the basis of life. But that is precisely the state of affairs in the country. For instance, in States like Delhi even marriage registrations are now dependent on the Aadhaar card! Whoever said marriages were made in heaven? In other States, cash and subsidies are transferred directly into the bank account only of those who have an Aadhaar card.