Stating that the government cannot insist on a mandatory Aadhaar even for Tatkal passports, the Supreme Court has included Tatkal passports among the deadlines for Aadhaar linking with various services and extended the deadline that indefinitely till the conclusion of the case. Linking Aadhaar now with various non-welfare services cannot be made mandatory till the case is disposed off. The requirement of Aadhaar for delivery of welfare-related services will remain till the case concludes. This exception has taken activists aback, as denial of rights and deprivation, including starvation deaths have been key arguments against the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with welfare services. Attorney General had requested the exclusion of welfare schemes from the relief being granted by the Supreme Court, even as he had filed an affidavit claiming that the government has already issued circulars to the effect that no…
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