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Madras High Court dismisses petition challenging Aadhaar-based attendance system

The Madras High Court has directed the government of Tamil Nadu to implement the Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in all government and government-aided schools after dismissing a petition challenging its introduction, Deccan Chronicle reports. The petition was filed by R Annal, a teacher who has chosen not to apply for an Aadhaar card. It sought to quash a government order issued on October 25, 2018, which called for the biometric attendance system to be implemented for teaching and non-teaching employees of government and government-aided high schools and higher secondary schools in the state. Justice SM Subramaniam said growing indiscipline among public servants had necessitated the introduction of the system, and dismissed Annal’s petition. Petition in Delhi High Court terms it 'unlawful' In March, the Delhi High Court sought the response of the Ministry of AYUSH to a petition challenging its decision to use Aadhaar-based attendance in Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Unani and Siddha colleges. The petition, filed by Uttaranchal Ayurvedic College, argued that the AYUSH ministry’s directions, passed on January 9, violated its own statutes and notifications, and the law settled by the Supreme Court. It said the ministry’s implementation of an Aadhaar-based and geo-location-enabled biometric attendance system for staff and faculty in colleges was unlawful and in clear violation of the constitutional bench judgment in KS Puttaswamy vs Union of India. 7.8 crore Aadhaar records compromised in AP and Telangana We reported yesterday that 7.8 crore Aadhaar records from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were found on the hard disks of IT…

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