New delhi: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday asserted that the Supreme Court has permitted delivery of many pro-poor benefits through the application of Adhaar Card adding that though it is important to have Adhaar, it is not mandatory for the receipt of any government’s benefit.
“I would not make any comment on the pending challenge on the Adhaar in the Supreme Court. But this is required to be clarified that the Supreme Court itself has permitted delivery of many pro-poor benefits to the poor by the application of Adhaar.
But Adhaar is not meant to be mandatory for the receipt of this mandate,” said Prasad.
He further said that if Adhaar is not available, other identity proofs like a driving license or the ration card can be used to avail government benefits.
“We have taken care of the people’s privacy and security through the law passed by parliament,” he said.
On Monday, Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said the use of Adhaar for mid-day meal schemes in school has been initiated to check malpractices and ensure in transparency.