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Aadhaar Watch: Ayushman Bharat, Assam, and school admissions

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Aadhaar mandatory for second treatment under Ayushman Bharat 

Aadhaar will be mandatory for seeking treatment for the second time under the newly-launched Ayushman Bharat–Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Indu Bhushan, CEO of National Health Agency, said that in case the Aadhaar number is not available, beneficiaries have to at least show documents to prove that they have enrolled for Aadhaar. The agency is responsible for implementing the scheme, which is touted as the world’s largest health insurance scheme. More on Mint.

Aadhaar enrolment in Assam begins 

Around 40 Aadhaar enrolment centres each have been identified in Assam’s Dhubri districtGoalpara district and Kamrup Metropolitan district. The centres became operational on October 6. Aadhaar enrolment in the state was deferred after student and social organisations demanded its implementation only after the National Registrar of Citizens (NRC) was completed. The state has the lowest penetration — nine percentage — of Aadhaar in the country.

Aadhaar enrolment at banks, post offices to continue; Jaitley says private entities can access Aadhaar by new Parliament–backed law

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Aadhaar enrolment and update services to continue at banks, government premises and post offices as before, said UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey. According to Pandey, the work of the enrolment and update agencies has nothing to do with authentication services. Read more here. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that banks and telecom companies can be allowed to use Aadhaar, backed by a law passed by Parliament. More here.

Delhi HC quashes govt order for Aadhaar of 87 lakh students

The Delhi High Court has ruled that the Aadhaar and/or Voter ID details of students, along with that of their siblings and parents, can not be mandatory for school admissions in the capital. A two-judge bench ruled that although the SC had upheld the validity of Aadhaar Act, the biometric ID can not be held mandatory for bank services, mobile numbers, and school admissions.

The bench noted that the Delhi government is also issuing corrigendum with regard to the September 11 circular by the state directorate of education, which had asked all schools to collect Aadhaar and voter ID details of 87 lakh students and their family members. More on Times of India.

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