New Delhi, Oct. 4: The Supreme Court today agreed to take up for hearing on October 8 the Centre’s application seeking modification of its September 23 order that had restrained the government from making the Aadhaar card mandatory for existing social welfare benefit schemes.
The Centre has pleaded that the order would adversely affect the Direct Benefit Transfer for Liquefied Petroleum Gas Consumers scheme, launched by the oil ministry on June 1. The card is being insisted on only as identification proof to stop pilferage of subsidised cooking gas cylinders, it said.
The scheme is aimed at weeding out duplicate or bogus connections and ensuring that those eligible for the subsidy get it directly in their bank accounts, it said. The Aadhaar card is necessary to ensure its implementation, the government said.
Solicitor general Mohan Parasaran urged the court to direct early listing of the matter in “view of the urgency.”