New Delhi, Sept 13: Fince Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said he was sure Aadhaar will stand the test of constitutiolity as the Supreme Court’s decision on the legislation is still pending.
“The legislation has been passed and I’m sure it will stand the test of constitutiolity. Even while upholding the idea of privacy as an important constitutiol guarantee, the Supreme Court said that it is the question raised just now. (Violation of privacy) could be imposed by law but they have to be obviously reasoble,” Jaitley said here at the conclave on fincial inclusion organised by the United tions India. He said that the right to privacy has illustrative restraints like tiol security and dissemition of social benefits and Aadhaar is being used for the latter.
That is the principle purpose of which this (Aadhaar) was intended to be used and that is where the interplay of over a billion Aadhaar number, over a billion bank accounts and mobile phones itself has an important role,” the Fince Minister said. Jaitley said that once the identity network is created through Aadhaar, it is used to make sure the social benefits reach those segments of population for whom it is specifically targeted. “There are important questions which arise and therefore (Aadhaar) legislation was necessary and because of evolving detail, the confidentiality of the data and to build some iron wall around the data itself was also equally important,” he said.
The case is pending in the Supreme Court on whether the government’s move to make Aadhaar-linking mandatory with PAN, is violative of the fundamental right to privacy. The court has constituted a nine-member Bench to adjudicate on the issue. The government will have to prove that Aadhaar comes under the illustrative restraint of dissemition of social benefits.
Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Fincial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016, which aims to provide legal backing to the Aadhaar unique identification number project, was passed by Parliament in 2016. (IANS)