Aadhaar will stand test of constitutionality: Arun Jaitley
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Aadhaar will stand test of constitutionality: Arun Jaitley

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the Aadhaar law will “pass the test of constitutionality” and that it is important to build “ironwalls” to protect people’s data. He said the Aadhaar scheme announced by the UPA government was “technologically great” but it did not realise the “full potential” of the unique identification system. The NDA government, he said, provided legal backing to Aadhaar to realise its full potential, including direct transfer of benefits to bank accounts of beneficiaries.

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition challenging making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits under various social welfare schemes of the government. The next hearing is in the first week of November. “When the UPA government brought in Aadhaar, in terms of technology, it was a great idea… but its full potential was not realised,” Jaitley said at an event on financial inclusion organised by the United Nations in India.

“A legislation was necessary and because of evolving debate, the confidentiality of the data and (the need) to build some ironwalls around the data itself was also equally important. The (Aadhaar) legislation has been passed and I am sure it will stand the test of constitutionality,” he said. Last month, a nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court declared right to privacy a fundamental right, saying it is protected as an intrinsic part of the...

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