Aadhaar has crucial role in checking large scale pilferage of subsidies meant for poor under various welfare schemes.
With just around 15 crore of country’s population left to enrol for the Aadhaar, Centre has termed petitioners’ arguments in Supreme Court opposing the mandatory registration for UID number as an “elitist bias” which severely undermined its crucial role in checking massive pilferage of the subsidies given to poor under various welfare schemes.
In an affidavit submitted in SC, Government stated that, “Petitioners’ argument fails to consider the positive duties of State, which reflects elite nature of petitioners, who were more concerned with rights of the privacy over say, right to food or right to receive targeted subsidised LPG.”
Affidavit further added that with almost entire population having been covered by the Aadhaar, Petitioners’ apprehensions of so called “large-scale exclusion” of people from the government subsidies or benefits due to the lack of Aadhaar card was “misplaced, self-contradictory and unfounded”.
Centre argued that the ‘human rights’ which traditionally means protecting the individual freedom against the State intrusion required a radical revision.
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