Tis Hazari Court clarifies Aadhaar not mandatory for litigants
Litigants filing application in Delhi's Tis Hazari Court are not required to quote or submit their Aadhaar numbers, reveals an order passed by First Appellate Authority (FAA) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. 
 
The order passed by Kovai Venugopal, Central FAA at District & Session Court (Tis Hazari Court) mentions about a software that has a field for Aadhaar, but it is not mandatory. "Dealing Assistant from Filing Section filed the written submission that with regard to query number 1, the Supreme Court has issued guidelines for filing any case, bail or miscellaneous applications at filing counters through a case information format, which runs through a software name 'Ubuntu' and in the aforesaid format some fields are mandatory and the same were marked as '*' and further submitted that the column no.4 in the abovesaid format is pertaining to Aadhaar, which is not shown as mandatory field of the abovesaid format," it states.
 
Delhi-based Mohan Bhadana had filed an application under RTI with the Public Information Officer of Tis Hazari Court seeking copy of the notification or directions making Aadhaar mandatory before Distict Courts in Delhi or the Delhi High Court. 
 
Bhadana sought following information under RTI...
 
1. Is disclosing/furnishing the litigant's Aadhaar number mandatory for the purpose of filing before the District Courts in Delhi and/or Delhi High Court?
2. If the answer to the above question is in affirmative, has the High Court issued any directions for the said purpose? If so, kindly furnish a copy of the same in response to my application.
 
The PIO of Tis Hazari Court forwarded reply to Bhadana as received from the Judiciary Branch, which stated that no such information was available in their Branch.
 
The FAA, however, said that this was not a proper reply and the concerned officials from the filing branch should reply as to under what provisions they were asking for the Aadhaar details of the litigants at the time of filing cases or applications.
 
Responding to this the Filing Section clarified that there is no provision for 'mandatory' seeking Aadhaar number of litigants as per the guidelines from the Supreme Court and the software provided. 
 
"It is clear that the written submission filed by dealing assistant or Branch in-charge of Filing Branch at Tis Hazari Courts, Delhi that though the case information format as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court contains a column seeking Aadhaar number, the same is not mandatory field to be filed in. In my view, above information suffices the query of appellant," the FAA said in his order, while asking the PIO to furnish copy of the case information format.
 
Here is the order passed by the FAA, Tis Hazari Court...
 
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India Post Payments Bank allows de-linking of Aadhaar from account
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is offering its account holders an option to de-link Aadhaar number. This probably is the first instance where a government owned entity is offering a choice to customers on Aadhaar.
 
The Payments Bank also allows customer to open savings bank account without Aadhaar.
 
 
The offer to de-link Aadhaar from the Payments Bank is good and will allow customers to opt out from linking their bank account with the unique ID number. For this the customers is required to submit a form to the Payments Bank. However, in this form, there are few issues, which needs to be sorted out by the Department of Posts (DoP) to allow customers use bank account without anything to worry.
 
Under Declaration, the form seeks consent from the account holder to allow seeding her account with her Aadhaar, and map this with the National Payments Corp of India (NPCI) to enable direct benefit transfer (DBT) from the government. It also seeks consent from the account holder to allow use of Aadhaar details to authenticate her UIDAI and use her bank registered mobile number for receiving SMS alerts.
 
 
India Post Payments Bank allows three types of account that can be opened with just Rs100 without any requirement for minimum quarterly average balance (MAB). Besides offering first debit card free, the Bank offers in interest rate of 5.5% on savings. This debit card can be used free of costs across all automated teller machines (ATMs) of India Post and Punjab National Bank. The Bank customer can withdraw up to Rs10000 for each transaction with a ceiling of Rs25,000 per day. On point of sales (PoS) shops and e-commerce outlets, the customer can spend maximum Rs65,000 using IPPB ATM card.
 
 
IPPB provides banking account and services to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), senior citizens, students, migrant population, low-income households, unorganised sector and other groups with special service requirements. 
 
The DoP has been successfully running the Post Office Savings Bank for the Ministry of Finance. Setting up its independently owned bank is the next logical progression. Based on feasibility studies and a subsequent Detailed Project Report, the Department, in 2013, made an application to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and a proposal to the public investment board (PIB) to set up a universal bank. However, the Department was advised by the PIB to set up a “differentiated bank” under the relevant guidelines. Accordingly, when the RBI came up with the guidelines for licensing of Payments Banks in November 2014, the Department made an application for the same and got the in-principle approval in September 2015 for setting up its payments bank. 
 
While the Post Office Savings Bank focusses more on return from small savings, the Payments Banks is focussed on transactions.
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COMMENTS

James Goveas

12 months ago

Can one can open an account with any P.I? Our village P O hardly has people to attend normal postal business. How can they do banking business?

Sujith Chacko

12 months ago

Maximum account balance should be raised to compete with private banks.

Ramesh Poapt

12 months ago

good one indeed!

98 nabbed with fake Aadhaar cards in Manipur
Manipur Police on Sunday rounded up 98 suspected foreigners with fake Aadhaar cards from the heart of Imphal city during an identification drive, officials said.
 
A police statement said that the raids were conducted in the early hours in two residential areas at Naga Mapal here. The suspects were found staying in rented houses. 
 
Police said they had intensified identification of outsiders in and around Imphal on the orders of Home Minister N. Biren Singh. 
 
Director General of Police L.M. Khaute said that all vehicles reaching Imphal from Assam, Nagaland and Moreh, the border town, are thoroughly checked to identify the non-local passengers. 
 
Police said that fake Aadhaar and other documents are printed at two places outside Manipur for supplying to those who plan to enter Manipur. 
 
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said that it was most surprising that Rohingyas were found staying at Hatta in the heart of Imphal. He said nearly 40 foreigners who were nabbed at different places are now in prison.
 
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Abhijit

12 months ago

This story published in moneylife, just because of fake Adhaar?

Sujith Chacko

12 months ago

Maximum account balance should be raised to make any impact.

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