Aadhaar – Historic SC verdict vindicates Mamata Banerjee’s stand
The Supreme Court has delivered a historic verdict today on whether Aadhaar should be mandatory for Indian citizens. Referring to the violation of constitutional rights, human rights and right to privacy, a number of petitions had been filed in the Supreme Court, opposing the Aadhaar Act, 2016. The Supreme Court, after a lot of deliberations, declared its verdict today.
The apex court has ruled that Aadhaar is constitutionally valid. But the authorities should be very careful about preserving the personal data and information of the citizens. A private organisation cannot seek information from citizens, the Supreme Court said. No mobile company can ask for Aadhaar card. On the whole, the Supreme Court did not mandate Aadhar to be mandatory.
A five-member Supreme Court bench has made it clear that the Aadhaar linking with the bank account is not mandatory. Last year the top court had said that privacy is a fundamental right of a person. In today’s verdict, civil rights were once again recognised.
There has already been a lot of mudslinging on the Aadhaar issue in the national political arena. Prior to coming to power in 2014, BJP was dead against Aadhaar. Their stand changed overnight after May 16, 2014. From bank accounts to the mobile numbers, availing government services to drawing pension – linking Aadhaar was made mandatory for everything under the sun. Common people were the sufferes.
And with that grew corrupt practices. Some unscrupulous organisations, in exchange for a little money, sold private data of citizens from all over the country. The only political leader who took a firm stand against making Aadhaar mandatory was Mamata Bandyopadhyay. The Chief Minister slammed the Centre for linking schemes like mid-day meals, LPG subsidy and ICDS with Aadhaar.
In 2017 she had tweeted, “Instead of helping the poorest of the poor, the downtrodden and our favourite children, why are their rights being snatched away? In the name of Aadhaar, privacy is being lost and there is extortion. Why is this Govt so negative? As a nation, we must condemn this.”
In October last year, during the core committee meeting of All India Trinamool Congress, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attacked the central government on the Aadhaar card issue. She said, “Under no circumstances will I link my Aadhaar with my telephone number. If the authorities disconnect my phone, let them do it. I would urge you to protest in a similar manner. How many telephone connections will they disconnect? What does BJP want? Do they want to listen to people’s secrets? It’s a direct attack on privacy.”
Today’s verdict by the SC bench again proved that Mamta Banerjee’s stand was pragmatic and in the interest of the common citizens. She was the only leader in the whole country who openly refused to link her Aadhaar to mobile number. Today, she has been vindicated. Once again it has been proved that Mamata Banerjee alone is the most prudent politician in India.
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