Activists Slam Government For Making Aadhaar Mandatory In Contempt Of Supreme Court’s Interim Order
By Team Legistify / 2017-03-09

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The speakers included Bezwada Wilson of Safai Karmachari Andolan, Dipa Sinha of the Right to Food Campaign, Anjali Bhardwaj of Satark Nagrik Sangathan, Amrita Johri of Sathark Nagrik Sangathan and Usha Ramanathan, Independent Law Researcher.The speakers expressed their anguish that in the last few months there have been a series of notifications making Aadhaar mandatory, in direct violation of the orders of the Supreme Court.

On 28 February, the government has notified that children will not be served their midday meal unless their aadhaar numbers have been embedded in the data base. This is just one in a long list of coercive steps taken by the government.

The activists alleged that this is in flagrant contempt of the orders of the Supreme Court that aadhaar can not be used at all except in six specified schemes and even in those schemes, it can be complied with only voluntarily.

The Government’s recent notifications indicate a callous disregard for the lives and health of the people of this country, especially the poor, the activists alleged.

Thus aadhaar has been made a prerequisite for getting disability scholarships, education stipends, enrolment in adult literacy programmes, registration for career for scheduled castes and tribes, among many many others. It even includes the scheme that is supposedly to assist women rescued from trafficking – and so marking them in data bases for life, the activists lamented.

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