Government has addressed the concerns before the Supreme Court regarding Aadhaar. As addressed by Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, those who wish to take subsidies will need a unique identification number.
"Most of the concerns rose in the pending litigation before SC have been addressed or sought to be addressed soon," Prasad told media. However clutch of petitions on Aadhaar are still coming up for hearing before the Supreme Court.
Prasad talked about the argument; first one was that Aadhaar is there but there is no statutory backing. Now we have placed an Act. Second argument was that there are no guidelines. Now, guidelines are also there. People were concerned about the secrecy; the same has happened now," Prasad said.
The top court had last year ruled that Aadhaar will only be voluntary. Prasad said the 'mandatory vs voluntary' debate is "meaningless" since an Act was now in place, and one may need Aadhaar to avail government subsidy.
"The scheme is that you must have an Aadhaar. If you don't have an Aadhaar, go for Aadhaar. You are being encouraged to take an Aadhaar only if you want to take a benefit of subsidy. Otherwise don't take it,” he added.
“Subsidy, whether paid by the Centre or the state government has to have flow from the Consolidated Fund of India. This condition is only imposed on those who want subsidy or a service or benefit going from Consolidated Fund of India," Prasad added.
Prasad also said the government is very conscious to follow SC orders regarding schemes prescribed by SC for Aadhaar using it. He stressed that there will be no denial (of service) per se and a provision is there to provide it by an alternate identity mechanism.