Don’t link Aadhaar with biometric attendance, HC tells coalition govt - watsupptoday.com
Don’t link Aadhaar with biometric attendance, HC tells coalition govt
Posted 09 May 2017 12:12 PM

Agencies

Clarifying its earlier order, the J&K High Court today asked the state government not to link Aadhaar with the biometric attendance for government employees.

These directions were passed today by a division Bench, comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, in a PIL, wherein the order issued by the state government on September 1, 2016, making procurement of Aadhaar card mandatory for government employees, has been challenged and termed as “arbitrary, capricious and unlawful.”

Earlier on October 4, 2016, the High Court had stayed the state government order making Aadhaar card mandatory for biometric attendance of employees and later on November 23, 2016, the High Court had granted the J&K Government time to take a final decision on Aadhaar-based biometric attendance for government employees.

However, as the matter came up before the court today, the state government, represented by the Advocate General, said the biometric attendance was just meant to ensure the attendance of the government employees and their punctuality, whereas the matter of making procurement of the Aadhaar card as mandatory was sub judice in the Supreme Court.

The government lawyer clarified that there was no such order making Aadhaar card procurement necessary for ration cards as was submitted by the petitioner counsel. After hearing both the sides, the High Court, while clarifying its earlier orders, today asked the J&K government not to link biometric attendance with Aadhaar.
While challenging the J&K Government order dated September 1, 2016, making procurement of Aadhaar card mandatory for government employees, the PIL by Syed Musaib said the order was in clear contravention of the Constitutional Bench order of the Supreme Court in Justice KS Puttaswamy (retd) and another versus Union of India and others case.

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