NEW DELHI: Speaking at the Delhi Economic conclave over the universal implementation of the Adhar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that it not acceptable for the courts to decide over the methodology to be used by the Executive in various schemes. The Finance Minister also opined that there should be an universal identification tool to overcome various security problems too.
The comments of the Finance Minister comes against the Supreme court, in the case against the use of Adhar card as an universal identification module. Earlier, the court ruled that the constitution does not necessitate the use of only one type of identification card to get eligible to various government schemes. It also added that it should not be a mandatory upon the citizens.
The Finance Minister said “It is the matter concerned with the Executive to decide over the implementation of various schemes. Judiciary has nothing to do with the methodology that the Government follows unless, it harms someone’s fundamental rights.”
“Every state in the Indian union knows the importance of having an universal identification card to identify the eligible citizens under various government schemes. The courts must understand this factor”, Mr Jaitley added.
The minister also expressed that using Adhar is extremely useful in the matters of internal security, as it helps in weeding out non-residents of the country.
RBI governor Raghuram Rajan also supported the Finance Minister saying that it helps the banks in identifying the real residents of the country.
It has been a matter of debate since the past few months, over the use of Adhar as an universal identification card. Political critics say that the Adhar units have also enrolled other country’s residents, residing at the border regions(Bangladesh-West Bengal) as the Indian residents in a hurry to complete the process of Adhar enrolment and therefore, it cannot be used as an Universal identification module.