After a public debate on the Aadhaar project, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has now come out with an official position that it has no plans to stop it.
This comes in the wake of the Centre’s decision to withdraw all the funds and incentives for Aadhaar-based ID cards from the states and Union Territories, the PMO has said.
The PMO statement came on the same day as the Supreme Court had issued notices to the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Kerala-Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tripura for not complying with the Aadhaar directive and making Aadhaar-related documents accessible.
The order also directed the Centre to inform the states about their decision and give them a month to comply or face penalties.
The states have until March 30 to comply with the orders.
After that, the Centre will have to make Aadhaar mandatory for all the states.
The move comes after the Supreme Courts had asked the states to ensure that their data would be accessed on the basis of Aadhaar.
The order also said that the states should also provide an affidavit by the UIDAI secretary certifying that they have made Aadhaar mandatory.
Aadhaar was introduced in India in March last year.
It enables all Indians to obtain a digital identity card.
The data collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India is used for various purposes such as paying tolls, payment of taxes, payment for goods and services, and identification of transactions.
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