UID/Aadhaar
Aadhar Not Mandatory: SC
The Supreme Court today ruled that Aadhar card will not be mandatory for availing benefits of government's welfare schemes. The government has, however, ignored similar orders before
 
The Supreme Court ruled today that Aadhar card will not be mandatory for availing benefits of government's welfare schemes. It also barred the authorities from sharing personal biometric data collected for enrolment under the scheme. However, the Supreme Court has ruled this several times in the past. The government refuses to pay heed to it. In fact, Aadhaar is the central piece of the government’s financial inclusion architecture called JanDhan Aadhaar and Mobile, JAM.
 
A Constitution bench of the apex court will separately decide the larger question of whether collecting biometric data for preparing Aadhar cards infringed an individual's privacy and if right to privacy was a fundamental right.
 
"No personal information of Aadhar card shall be shared by any authority," a three-judge bench told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. UIDAI/Aadhar will not be used for any other purposes except PDS, kerosene and LPG distribution system ruled the apex court, and made it clear that even for availing these facilities Aadhar card will not be mandatory. 
 
The three-member bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar and comprising Justices S A Bobde and C Nagappan, directed that information received by UIDAI shall not be used for any other purposes, except in criminal investigation and that too with the permission of the court. 
 
It, however, did not allow the interim pleas of the petitioners, who have challenged the Aadhar scheme, to stop the process of ongoing enrolment. 
 
Senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, appearing for Mathew Thomas, one of the petitioners, had filed an application seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Centre and others, including RBI, and the Election Commission.
 
The states have been making Aadhar cards compulsory from payment of salary, provident fund disbursement, marriage and property registration. 
 
Subramaniam alleged that the government had violated earlier orders that had ruled that no person should be denied any benefit or suffer for not having Aadhar cards.

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Eminent Kolkata residents to walk against anarchy
Expressing alarm over the 'growing anarchy' in West Bengal, a host of eminent personalities and intellectuals of Kolkata propose taking out a silent protest march in the city on Independence Day-eve.
 
The march, that will be taken out on August 14, will seek establishment of democracy and rule of law in the state. 
 
Among those who have convened the march are eminent film director Mrinal Sen, former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly and former city mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya.
 
"A hellish environment is prevailing in Bengal where rapes and murders have become the order of the day. What is more alarming is the administration has been rendered a mere puppet at the hands of those in power," Ganguly told mediapersons here on Tuesday, informing about the march.
 
"It's time the common people stand up against this anarchy and hit the streets to protect democracy and establish the rule of law," he said, referring to several incidents including the recent lynching of a college student in the state's West Midnapore district.
 
Bhattacharya, also a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader, asserted the march to be bereft of any political colour and agenda with the only motive being restoration of democracy.
 
"It will be a silent march but will resonate the concerns, the pains as well as fact that the people will not take lying down this continuous attack on democracy. This march is against this government which has brought in anarchy but there is no political colour or agenda," he said.
 
"There will be no slogans, no banners. We want to make the rulers realise the power of silence. But if this fails to make an impact we will not sit quiet, the people of Bengal will not sit quiet," added the noted advocate.

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MOHAN

2 years ago

"Bhattacharya, also a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader, asserted the march to be bereft of any political colour and agenda with the only motive being restoration of democracy"


Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha .

Dear Comrades, you are the biggest and worst anarchists

HC dismisses Ola cabs' plea against ban

On January 1, the Delhi government had banned the operation of app-based cab services till they complied with the guidelines of the Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 which was amended on December 26, 2014

 

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed app-based cab service provider Ola's plea against a single judge's order asking the Delhi government to "strictly enforce" the ban imposed by it on January 1.
 
A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath dismissed the plea filed by Ola cabs challenging a single judge's July 29 order that directed the Delhi government and traffic police to enforce the ban order issued on January 1 on radio cab services not registered under the radio taxi scheme and running on diesel.
 
On January 1, the Delhi government had banned the operation of app-based cab services till they complied with the guidelines of the Radio Taxi Scheme of 2006 which was amended on December 26, 2014.
 
The company had told the bench earlier that the single judge had overlooked the Supreme Court's orders on the kind of taxis that can run on the city's roads. 
 
The company's counsel had said that the Supreme Court had clarified it has not prohibited running of taxis that are Euro II compliant or follow even better emission standards and it has not ordered conversion to CNG.
 
The apex court had only imposed a restriction with regard to the age of vehicles as it said no 15-year-old commercial vehicles shall run in Delhi and not with regard to fuel used by them, the company said.

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