The Supreme Court said that no personal information of Aadhaar card holders shall be shared by government authorities concerned.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the government to publicise through various media that Aadhaar card is not a mandatory requirement and should be used only for ration shops, kerosene and LPG distribution. Aadhaar, henceforth, is not mandatory for any other purpose. The apex court also said that no personal information of Aadhaar card holders shall be shared by government authorities concerned.
What is an Aadhaar card?
1. Aadhaar is an individual identification number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on behalf of the Government of India to individuals for the purpose of establishing the unique identity of every single person.
2. The Aadhar number will serve as a proof of identity and address anywhere in India.
3. The objective of the project is to collect biometric (photograph, iris-scan, fingerprints) and demographic data of residents (residence address information), store them in a centralised database, and issue a 12-digit unique identity number called Aadhaar to each resident.
4. Aadhaar is meant for individuals of any age (including children) for the purpose of establishing identities.
5. Aadhaar is for individuals, therefore each member of the family needs to have a separate one.
6. Aadhaar is voluntary based and any individual who is interested in having Aadhaar number for himself/herself can enroll or apply to get Aadhaar number.
7. An individual will be provided with only one unique Aadhaar number and not multiple unique ID numbers.
8. Aadhaar number will be valid for the full life of an individual and does not need to be changed or renewed from time-to-time.
9. A person can get his/her Aadhaar number free of cost.
10. The Aadhaar number can be used while opening a bank account, applying for passport, booking e-tickets and many other places where there is a need to establish identity.