New Delhi, Oct. 8 (PTI): The Union cabinet today approved the National Identification Authority of India Bill, paving the way for granting statutory status to the Unique Identification Authority of India that issues Aadhaar numbers.
The nod came on a day the Supreme Court turned down the Centre’s plea to make the Aadhaar card compulsory for accessing social benefits.
Top government lawyers, including attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati and solicitor-general Mohan Parasaran, tried their best to get the court to modify its September 23 order that said production of Aadhaar cards could not be made mandatory for accessing benefits.
However, Justices B.S. Chauhan and S.A. Bobde said it would pass an order after petitioners who had questioned the Aadhaar scheme’s constitutional validity respond to the Centre’s application.