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Aadhaar enrolment nears 100% in Delhi, but Supreme Court ruling a concern


Aadhaar enrolment in Delhi has nearly reached 100 percent, according to the city’s Chief Minister.

Reported in the Indian Economic Times, Sheila Dikshit, the Chief Minister announced the enrolment statistics following a ruling by the Supreme Court that Aadhaar numbers are not be mandatory for receiving government services.

This ruling is a crushing blow to the Aadhaar program, which has set up many systems for residents and citizens to access government programs and subsidies through Aadhaar numbers.

The effect of this ruling has yet to be fully realized, but it’s likely to have an impact on enrolment and support.

It was previously announced that Aadhaar numbers were made mandatory for those looking to register property or marriages in Delhi and this was a major driver for enrolment. 

A major objective of the Aadhaar program has also been to link Aadhaar data to bank accounts, in particular for those receiving government subsidies, but this has been a bone of contention for the private sector as well. In particular, many banks have recently come out against the integration regarding liabilities around false identifications, as well as cost. 

Reported previously, the Cabinet Committee on the Unique Identity Authority of India recently approved the fourth phase of Aadhaar enrolment, which aims to enroll an additional 400 million people in the country.

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