Aadhaar Card

On Friday Supreme Court upheld government decision to link Aadhaar Card with PAN (Permanent Account Number) card for those who have Aadhaar Card but refused to make it compulsory for those who don’t have an Aadhaar card or who have not applied for one. Today supreme court approved the government’s new law of Aadhaar linkage. The government argued that Aadhaar linkage of tax returns is to check tax evasion as a unique 12-digit ID assigned to every citizen and linked to iris scans and fingerprints- is essential.

A bench comprising Justice A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also reserved the verdict on the pleas that provide the legislative competence of Parliament in enacting the law to this effect. It has to be decided by the Constitution Bench that Aadhaar scheme linkage will not affect the issue of Right to privacy and other aspects that affect the human dignity.

In the effect of this order by Supreme Court those who possess an Aadhaar card have to link it with their Pan Card. But it is not mandatory for those who have enrolled and not yet got their Aadhaar card. The government must formulate Aadhaar scheme to prevent the leakage of personal details of the individuals and civil society groups, says Supreme Court.

So, Supreme Court gave a queue to the law which passed earlier this year to make it compulsory from July for the quoting of an Aadhaar number when filing returns as well as when applying for a PAN card which is a tax code given to each individual. Now those have Aadhaar ID must use it for their tax returns and link it with their PAN card while others can proceed without it.