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Delhi HC tells state govt Aadhaar not required for maternity benefit scheme

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The Delhi High Court told the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government that there is no legal basis for it to insist on documents like Aadhaar and bank passbooks, to provide maternity scheme benefits to pregnant and lactating women, reported NDTV. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked the Delhi government not to insist on such documents for providing benefits to those eligible under maternity schemes like Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), which is a maternity benefit scheme originally rolled out in 2005. "No such requirement (for Aadhaar) is set out in the scheme (JSY)," it said and added "there is no legal basis for respondent (Delhi government) to insist on the documents mentioned above for availing benefits of JSY". The directions came after hearing a PIL filed by advocate Sija Nair Pal, challenging the…

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