NEW DELHI, Jun 10 : The Centre has stood firm before the Supreme Court on mandatory Aadhaar enrolment by June 30 and said those without the UID number after the deadline would not be entitled to the benefits under social welfare schemes.
It clarified that only those who could not register under Aadhaar by June 30 because of lack of registration facilities in their areas would continue to get benefits, but not others who had the opportunity and facility to register themselves but did not.
“It may be noted that the notification though requires people to enrol for Aadhaar by June 30, 2017, it is provided in the notification that if people are not able to enrol for Aadhaar before June 30 due to lack of facilities in the nearby areas, they can register their request for Aadhaar enrolment before the appropriate authorities giving their contact details so that as and when enrolment facilities are set up in the area, such persons can be enrolled for Aadhar and for such people benefits will continue to be given even if they have not enrolled for Aadhaar before June 30, 2017,” the Centre said in an affidavit.
It requested the SC not to entertain plea for stay of mandatory registration for Aadhaar by June 30 claiming that 95% of the population has already enrolled under the scheme and that linkage of Aadhaar to welfare schemes saved government Rs 49,560 crore in the last two and half years.
The Centre’s fresh affidavit countered new petitions by Shantha Sinha and others, which have sought stay of the notification under Section 7 of the Aadhar Act, 2016. They alleged that many people have not registered under Aadhaar and they would be denied benefits under welfare schemes if they failed to enrol before June 30. TNN
Source: The Sangai Express