Aadhaar not mandatory to claim any state benefit, says Supreme Court

16-Mar-2015 #Jan-Dhan Source: Business Standard

The Supreme Court has announced that Aadhaar number will not be mandatory for availing any government services and has also directed states to follow the same. The previous government had made linkage of Aadhaar optional for disbursing various subsidies and welfare payments such as scholarships and pensions under its Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) project, and had put DBT in cooking gas in abeyance. The present National Democratic Alliance government restarted DBT in LPG, but gave citizens the choice of availing the subsidy in their bank accounts, without linking to Aadhaar number.

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