Attorney General K K Venugopal, arguing before a nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court which is deciding whether right to privacy should be declared a fundamental right has said that there can be no claim to a privacy right against identification for the purpose of public welfare and social schemes of the government and to plug leakages and corruption in the administration of such schemes.
“There can be no claim to a privacy right against identification for the purpose of public welfare and social schemes of the government and to plug leakages and corruption in the administration of such schemes. It may be pointed out that the importance and utility of aadhaar for delivery of public services like the PDS, curbing bogus admissions in schools and verification of mobile number subscribers has not only been upheld but endorsed and directed by the supreme court”, said the written submissions given by the Attorney General to the court.
In PUCL Vs Union of India Supreme court has approved the recommendations of the high powered committee headed by Justice D P Wadhwa which recommended linking of Aadhaar with PDS and encouraged state governments to adopt the same. In state of Kerala and others Vs President, Parents Teachers Association, SNVUP and others, the court directed use of Aadhaar for checking bogus admissions in schools”, it said.
While monitoring the PILs relating to night shelters for the homeless and the right to food through the public distribution system, the court lauded and complemented the efforts of state governments for inter alia carrying out biometric identification of the head of family of each household to eliminate fictitious bogus and ineligible BPL household cards
The right to life being a primordial right, every species of rights found by the court to be traceable to the right to life such as the right to food to prevent starvation, a job to eke out a livelihood, medical aid to combat diseases and emergencies and basic education to get…