Aadhaar no longer be must for bank accounts, SIM cards

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In a new development the Centre has decided that Aadhaar will no longer be a must for bank accounts, SIM cards. This was after the Narendra Modi government approved the changes to law.

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From now on, Aadhaar will not be the only authentication document and people will have options to use other valid IDs too.

In a landmark judgement, the Supreme court in September this year had ruled that the aadhaar or much talked about unique identification number was not mandatory for opening banks accounts.

Justice DY Chandrachud had delivered a historic dissenting verdict on the constitutionality of Aadhaar, calling the central government’s decision to pass the Aadhaar Act as money bill an act of fraud.

He had said, “The passing of Aadhaar Act as money bill is a fraud on the constitution.” He further observed in his dissenting judgement, “If a constitution has to survive political aggrandizement, notions of power and authority must give compliance to rule of law.”

Justice Chandrachud had also observed that Aadhaar allowed constructing profiles of individuals, which, he added, was against the right to privacy since it enabled potential surveillance.

Justice Chandrachud was hailed by Twitter users, who praised the Supreme Court judge for his brave verdict.

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