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SC seeks centre's response on plea against linking Aadhaar with cell phones

Melba Vasquez | 30 October, 2017, 09:41

However, the Aadhaar-mobile issue is not part of the state government's plea, Kalyan Banerjee said.

The Supreme Court today pulled up the West Bengal government for challenging the Aadhaar Act.

"You satisfy us how the state has challenged it".

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the West Bengal government to modify its plea challenging the mandatory use of Aadhaar for various schemes.

The top court observed how can a state challenge a law passed by the Centre? "We know it is a matter which needs consideration", the bench said adding the Centre's move can be challenged by an individual but not by states.

Residents said they had provided voter ID cards and ration cards to a private agency tasked with the responsibility of making the Aadhaar cards.

However, Sibal maintained that the state was entitled to file such a plea but said that they would amend the prayer in the petition. From past six months, the tussle between the Centre and Banerjee government seems to have grown as with Banerjee firm on opposing every policy of the Central government and with the Centre formulating controversial policies that she and her party do not endorse.

The Department of Telecommunications in March this year directed all mobile phone service providers to re-verify existing customers, prepaid and postpaid, using their unique Aadhaar identity number and biometric details.

Other than Banerjee other sections of the civil society has also opposed the Centre's decision to link the Aadhar card to bank accounts and phone numbers, but among all the West Bengal Chief Minister seem to be the most ferocious rival of the Centre.

On 25 October, the Centre had told the court that it was willing to extend the deadline for linking Aadhaar to various schemes to 31 March next year. "I will not link my Aadhaar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped".

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