Law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened: NITI Aayog

Consumer Infoline News Desk / On 2017-09-13 00:00:00

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said that the law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened in the wake of Supreme Court upholding the right to privacy as a fundamental right.

"Article 21 has been interpreted again. The law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened," he said here at the conclave on financial inclusion organised by United Nations in India.

The Supreme Court on August 24 had declared right to privacy as a fundamental right guaranteed by Constitution, a ruling that could have a bearing on the case related to Aadhaar that has been made mandatory in various services.

The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21, the court had said.

Aadhaar will thus have stand the test of constitutionality as the Supreme Court's decision on the legislation still pending.

The government will have to prove that Aadhaar can restrain right to privacy on the grounds of dissemination of social benefits or national security.

Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016, which aims to provide legal backing to the Aadhaar unique identification number project, was passed in 2016 by the Parliament.

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