Law Underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthen: Niti Aayog

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Aadhaar came in limelight again after vice chairman of Niti Aayog Rajiv Kumar commented on the Supreme Court’s judgement of “right to privacy as a fundamental right”.

To know more about the verdict Right to Privacy case: Read https://rupeenomics.com/verdict-aadhaar-right-privacy-case/

At the conclave on financial inclusion organized by United Nations in India, he says,

Article 21 has been interpreted again. The law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened

The Supreme Court of India passed the historical judgement on 24th August that right to privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.

Right to Privacy is an integral part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty Guaranteed in Article 21 of the Constitution

This judgement by the apex court has a greater impact on the 12 digit identification number i.e. Aadhaar Card which has been mandated by the Government to avail most of the subsidised schemes offered by the Government and various other services as well.

The court had declared that

The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday says that

The legislation has been passed and I am sure it will stand the test of constitutionality for the reason that even while upholding, rightly so, the idea of privacy as an important constitutional guarantee, the restraints under Article 21, Supreme Court said which could be imposed, they have to be by law, they have to be obviously reasonable

However, the Government is yet to prove that if Aadhaar can prevent right to privacy on the dissemination of social benefits or national security.

We in the government need to work on it (removing mistrust) and try and do away with it to ensure we all are at the same page, in the same direction and for the same cause
further says Rajiv Kumar.

He believes that at this point of time, India needs a digital push and financial inclusion at the frontiers of technology.Rajiv Kumar quoted here saying that

The digital revolution is unfolding before us. It is up to us to use it the way we can. I do think financial inclusion is the key to achieve all

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