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India’s Supreme Court to hear petitions on Aadhaar next week

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  • Release on:2017-07-17
India’s five-judge Supreme Court bench will hear several petitions challenging the legality of the Aadhaar project, said Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, according to a report by The Economic Times.
The hearing, which will begin on July 18, will determine whether the mandatory nature of the program is an infringement on citizen privacy rights.
Aadhaar is the 12-digit unique identification number issued by the Indian government to every individual resident of India. The Aadhaar project aims to provide a single, unique identifier which captures all the demographic and biometric details of every Indian resident. As of May, over 1.1 billion people out of India’s population of 1.27 billion have been registered in the Aadhaar database.
The program, governed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is currently used to authenticate delivery of social services including school attendance, natural gas subsidies to India’s rural poor, and direct wage payments to bank accounts. The system also provides identification to people who do not have birth certificates.