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On August 11, 2015, Supreme Court of India ruled that the Aadhaar Card was NOT Mandatory. Despite a similar 2013 ruling, different government agencies as well as banks had made it seem that the possession of the Aadhaar – a unique identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) – was compulsory for citizens to access resources for basic and fundamental needs such as foodgrains through the Public Distribution Schemes (PDS), kerosene and LPG, and bank accounts too!
The Supreme Court has also asked the government to give widespread publicity through various media that Aadhaar is not mandatory.
Aadhaar – the unique identification number planned to be bestowed upon every Indian citizen by way of gathering our biometric details as well as authentication through our ration cards and voter IDs – violates our right to privacy. This scheme – the execution of which runs into thousands of crores – is eating away the very fabric of democracy. It is of paramount importance, therefore, that we as citizens act before we become knowing subjects of a surveillance state.