This extension had to end one day! The apex court has rejected a plea, which sought a deadline for seeding Aadhaar to a host of services, such as banking and mobile phones, beyond March 31. The plea was set on the grounds that the process of the mandatory linkage of the 12-digit unique identity number would not be completed by the end of next month, ET reported. The bench of five, which was headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra rejected the petition, that was filed by senior advocate Shyam Divan, who has been leading the legal battle against Aadhaar.
The central government continues its efforts of making Aadhaar the primary identification proof for every citizen of the country. Recently, a draft notification by the government to amend rules for driving licenses proposed Aadhaar as one of the documents that can be submitted for address and age proof.
Of course, there are parallel arguments regarding security concerns being raised for the amount of data every citizen now needs to link to Aadhaar. To the same, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “All the concerns raised regarding the security, have been dealt with and addressed by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Adequate legal, organizational and technological measures are in place for the security of the data stored with UIDAI.”
He added that biometric information, including iris scan and fingerprints, is securely stored in an encrypted format at UIDAI’s Central Identities Data Repository.