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Supreme Court Rules Aadhaar Not Mandatory For Social Benefits

The Supreme Court of India has ordered that the government should not restrict social benefits to those who are yet to receive their Aadhaar card and not to issue the card to illegal migrants, reports The Economic Times. The ruling comes after a PIL was raised by Karnataka High Court judge KS Puttaswamy claiming that various state governments have linked social benefits to Aadhaar, resulting in many people denied of these benefits. Besides this, the PIL also claimed that the UID was violating Article 21 - "Protection of life and personal liberty: No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law." To get an Aadhaar card, one has to submit biometric details such as finger printing and iris scan. The PIL further claimed that the Aadhaar card is being distributed to everyone indiscriminately, including…

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