Aadhaar Constitutionally Valid, Rules Supreme Court, Adds Conditions

Aadhaar Verdict: The Supreme Court said “very, very minimal data” is collected for Aadhaar.

New Delhi:  The Aadhaar scheme empowers people on the margins of society and that far outweighs its flaws, the Supreme Court said today, upholding the constitutional validity of the digital-identity programme, but with conditions. For the exclusion of a “minimal” three per cent, 97 per cent cannot be denied the benefits of Aadhaar, the top court said in a majority judgement, commenting: “One can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” A five-judge constitutional bench cleared the use of Aadhaar for access to welfare schemes but struck down attempts to make it mandatory for bank accounts and mobile phone connections.

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