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Don't insist on Aadhaar for social benefits: Supreme Court

The Bench reiterated it was incumbent upon the central government to ensure that the states complied with the Supreme Court's order of not making Aadhaar mandatory for availing social benefits under various schemes

 

The Supreme Court has directed the central and state governments not to insist on possessing Aadhaar for availing benefits under the various social security schemes as it reiterated an order it passed in September 2013.
 
A bench of Justice J Chelameswar, Justice SA Bobde and Justice C Nagappan, without going into concrete examples, said: "In certain quarters, Aadhaar are being insisted on by various authorities."
 
The apex court by its 23 September 2013 order, had said "no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar in spite of the fact that some authorities had issued a circular making it mandatory and when any person applies to get the Aadhaar voluntarily, it may be checked whether that person is entitled for it under the law and it should not be given to any illegal immigrant."
 
The Court reiterated its order after senior counsel Gopal Subramanium drew the attention of the court towards the Delhi government directive insisting on an Aadhaar for the registration of marriages. Subramanium had appeared for one of the petitioners.
 
The court did not appear appreciative when Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar submitted that some states were not abiding by the court order.
 
"It is your duty to ensure our orders are followed. You can't say states are not following our order," the Bench told him, stressing it was incumbent upon the central government to ensure that the states complied with the apex court's order.
 
Directing the next hearing of the matter in the second week of July and noting the presence of the centre and all the states, the court said: "We expect all to scrupulously adhere to our order dated 23 Sept 2013."
 
The court's order came as it took up the batch of petitions challenging the Aadhaar card which were last heard by it on April 28, 2014.
 
Karnataka High Court's former judge K S Puttaswamy had moved the court in 2012 contending that the entire Aadhaar scheme was unconstitutional as the biometric data collected under it was an incursion and transgression of individual privacy.
 

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COMMENTS

Davidson D

2 years ago

With this decision of Hon.ble Supreme Court, would it still be necessary for booking a refill of LPG cylinder. Can the consumer not take a stand that he should be charged the cost without the subsidy as Aadhar is not mandatory and transfer of subsidy in that scenario does not arise.

Davidson D

2 years ago

With this decision of Hon.ble Supreme Court, would it still be necessary for booking a refill of LPG cylinder. Can the consumer not take a stand that he should be charged the cost without the subsidy as Aadhar is not mandatory and transfer of subsidy in that scenario does not arise.

Mr Jitendra

2 years ago

I think the menace of Aadhaar has spread too wide and too deep to counsel any agency. Even schools right in cities in March 2015 ask Aadhaar card as proof of address for school admissions. Several websites have still not removed Aadhaar reference. If you walk into passport office with all address proofs, marksheets, certificates, the officer there still wants your Aadhaar because RPOs have their prerogative to ask for "more or additional documents to satisfy themselves". In practice a one year valid passport itself is enough for REISSUE of passport as the same acts as Proof of Identity, Proof of Address and Date of Birth. yet they want more documents. Harassment to the citizenry is deep rooted in bureaucracy.

California Auditing Insurance Company That Took Away Home Health Aide
A top labor official in California challenges our characterization of changes to the state's workers' comp system. His department will audit a case spotlighted by us
 
Updated (Mar. 16, 2015): This story was updated to include statements from the California labor department’s Division of Workers’ Compensation and the California Workers’ Compensation Institute. 
 
California’s labor department says it will conduct an audit of how Travelers Insurance handled the case of paralyzed worker Joel Ramirez, who was left to fend for himself for months after the company withdrew his 24-hour home health care.
 
Ramirez was featured in a ProPublica/NPR investigation of state changes in workers’ compensation laws nationwide. Since 2003, more than 30 states have cut benefits, created hurdles to getting medical care, or made it more difficult for injured workers to qualify.
The agency said the audit was prompted by our investigation.
 
The 48-year-old former warehouse manager was hurt in 2009, when a 900-pound crate that had been unsafely stacked at his employer’s Southern California warehouse fell on him. Travelers initially provided him with a home health aide to help him transfer from his wheelchair and with his personal care, as the accident left him incontinent. But the insurer terminated the care after the passage of a new law in 2012 that allowed insurers to subject even old cases to a new, more stringent medical review process.
 
David Lanier, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, challenged ProPublica and NPR’s description of the new law and said it did not allow insurers to reopen settled cases and renege on previously approved treatment plans. (See full statement.)
 
Travelers, he said, failed to follow the mandated process and unilaterally terminated Ramirez’s home health care.
 
 
Courtesy: ProPublica.org
 

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Nifty, Bank Nifty may rally – Monday closing report

If Nifty holds Monday’s lows and closes above 8,670, it will be the first sign that the downtrend is over   

 

We had mentioned in last week’s closing report that the move on NSE’s CNX Nifty may remain weak and the short-term support for the index maybe around 8,550. Monday’s session saw Nifty moving in a volatile manner with the occasional move in the green for few minutes. It broke Friday’s low and closed in the red.
 
S&P BSE Sensex opened at 28,546 while Nifty opened at 8,657. Sensex moved in the range of 28,384 and 28,582 while Nifty moved between 8,612 and 8,664. Sensex closed at 28,438 (down 66 points or 0.23%) while Nifty closed at 8,633 (down 15 points or 0.17%). Bank Nifty moved on without any specific direction today. After a flat opening at 18,787, the index moved between 18,688 and 18,913 and closed at 18,837 (up 58 points or 0.31%). NSE recorded a volume of 73.86 crore shares. India VIX rose 1.42% to close at 15.1775.
 
The latest data showed that India’s annual rate of inflation based on monthly wholesale price index (WPI) remained in negative zone last month. Annual rate of inflation based on monthly WPI stood at minus 2.06% (provisional) in February 2015 as compared to minus 0.39% (provisional) in January 2015. The WPI for December 2014 was revised to
negative 0.5% as compared to 0.11% reported earlier.
 
Data released by the government after trading hours on Friday showed that India's merchandise export dipped 15% to $21.55 billion in February 2015 compared with the year ago period. Imports dipped 15.7% to $28.39 billion in February 2015 compared with the year ago period. The trade deficit narrowed to the 17-month low of $6.85 billion in February 2015.
 
Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF) reportedly said that India's economy is a bright spot in a cloudy global economy and that recent policy reforms and improved business confidence are set to boost the country's growth. Lagarde also said, "India has prepared better than most emerging-market economies for any such external shocks."
 
Coming back to Indian stock markets, PMC Fincorp (9.98%) was the top gainer in ‘A’ group on the BSE while Monsanto (5.89%) was the top loser in the group.
 
Infosys (2.28%) was the top gainer in the Sensex 30 pack. It was the in news for merging its core banking product Finacle with its products and platforms subsidiary Edgeverve Systems that was established last year.
 
Sesa Sterlite (5.16%) was the top loser in the Sensex 30 stock.
 
On Friday US indices closed in the red. A two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to review US monetary policy is scheduled on 17-18 March 2015.
 
The International Energy Agency on Friday said in a monthly report that investors and oil producers should brace for further declines in oil prices, which haven't fallen far enough yet to cut supply. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index dropped in March 2015 to its lowest level since November 2014.
 
Asian indices showed mixed performance. Shanghai Composite (2.26%) was the top gainer while SET Composite index of Thailand (1.69%) was the top loser. European indices were trading strongly high. US premarket futures were also bullish.
 

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