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Supreme Court declines to extend use of Aadhar card for other services for now

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to relaxing its order to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar card for some welfare schemes at this stage.

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Government’s ambitious Unique Identity (UID) programme was opposed in court over privacy concerns it uses biometric data such as finger prints. File Photo

The apex court on Wednesday referred plea of various government authorities and financial institution for clarification of interim order to a larger bench in connection to the Aadhar card matter. The larger bench would decide whether Aadhar card can be used for schemes other than PDS and LPG as sought by Central Government, RBI, SEBI and others.

Earlier, the apex court had come out with an interim order, saying the Aadhar card is not mandatory for the citizens to avail services and welfare schemes other than PDS, food grain distribution, cooking fuel/LPG.

The government’s ambitious Unique Identity (UID) programme was opposed in court over privacy concerns it uses biometric data such as finger prints.