SHILLONG, May 16: Reacting to reports of renewed Aadhar enrolment drives, the Meghalaya Peoples’ Committee on Aadhar (MPCA) has expressed its reservations towards the enrolment drive and urged for the same to be kept in abeyance.
In a letter to the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sanga on Tuesday, MPCA highlighted a number of reasons which it opined necessitates keeping the reported enrolment drives in abeyance.
MPCA pointed out that the interim order passed by the Supreme Court on August 11, 2015 ruled that “UIDAI/Aadhaar will not be used for any other purposes except PDS, kerosene and LPG distribution system”. It also reminded the CM that this was later amended to include MGNREGS, all types of pensions schemes, employee provident fund and the PM Jan Dhan Yojana. MPCA also raised the pertinent point that the Supreme Court had made it clear that even for availing these facilities, Aadhaar card will not be mandatory.
“Again on 27 March, 2017, the Supreme Court affirmed that Aadhaar cannot be mandatory for availing benefits under welfare schemes. Further, as of April, 2017, a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India is considering the legal validity of Aadhaar on right to privacy grounds,” MPCA pointed out.
MPCA opined that instead of providing security to genuine Indian citizens, Aadhar enrolment will create more social instability thereby, creating law and order problem too due to apprehensions of the general public.
MPCA also expressed its apprehension that Aadhar enrolment will result in a demographic imbalance and other ills which would defeat the very objective for having a separate State and protection of provisions under the Sixth Schedule.
As such, keeping in mind the reported apprehensions of the general public with regard to Aadhar senrolment, MPCA has urged the Chief Minister to ensure that public hearings are held and consent of the masses is taken before any Aadhar enrolment is undertaken.