Aadhaar not required for mobile, bank accounts but mandatory for PAN: SC

New Delhi: As the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Aadhaar on Wednesday, it also listed out the conditions that would be applied for the existence of the national identity card project.

Aadhaar isn’t needed for opening bank accounts, school admissions or to get cellphone connections, said the Supreme Court.

The top court asserted that it’s unconstitutional to ask people to link their Aadhaar number to their cellphone number.

Additionally, it ruled that schools cannot make the Aadhaar compulsory for admissions as it stands in conflict with a child’s a right to education. However, the apex court clearly stated that PAN (permanent account number) – which is used to file tax returns – has to be linked with Aadhaar.

Aadhaar isn’t mandatory for exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for medical entrance and the University Grants Commission either. From 2019 National Testing Agency set up by the government will conduct NEET and NET exam.

The court struck down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act which allows private entities to demand Aadhaar to access services. However, no person will be denied benefits under social welfare scheme because of the failure of authentication through Aadhaar, it said.