The Centre, in turn, urged a five judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra to allow Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), to make a powerpoint presentation to the court to allay the apprehensions about the Aadhaar scheme.
The petitioner has sought exemption from Aadhaar based as he claims it impinges on his religious beliefs.
Rajasthan Police is exploring the possibility of using Aadhaar data for verifying the identity of criminals, suspects, complainants and missing persons in the state.
NHAI has mandated timplementation of the National Electronic Toll Collection program for all national highways, which will help reduce the congestion, time taken to process toll at highways and enable reduction in revenue leakages
The States have destroyed biometric infomation of citizens collected before the UIDAI took charge of the Aadhaar enrollment process.
"As per the Supreme Court's order dated 13th March 2018, the requirement of Aadhaar for opening new bank accounts and applying for Tatkal passports under the relevant laws continues," the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues the 12-digit biometric identifier, said in a late evening tweet.
The five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said in its judgment that Aadhaar is still necessary to avail social benefits, services and subsidies.
A group of locals came upon gunny bags packed with original unique identity cards and informed about it to the district administration, which ordered a probe into the matter.
The UIDAI is of the view that the enrollment or updation activity carried out in each of these laggard branches must be at least 16 per day.
"So far, as many as 32 crore Aadhaar numbers have been linked to voters' ID cards. Another 54.5 crore will be done as soon as we get a nod from the Supreme Court," he told reporters on the sidelines of the 14th National Conference of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), an NGO, here. Asked how long it would take to link another 54.5 crore Aadhaar numbers, Rawat said "we did 32 crore in just three months".
The government has decided to shift enrolment centres to "secure locations" with a view to provide convenience and secure Aadhaar enrolment and update facilities for residents of the country, Electronics and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
"As on March 5, number of Aadhaar cards linked with PAN is 16,65,82,421. Further, as on March 2, 87.79 crore current accounts and savings accounts have been linked with Aadhaar," Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The top court directed the CBSE not to make Aadhaar number mandatory for enrolment of students appearing in NEET 2018 and other all India exams.
Aadhaar coverage is low in Assam and Meghalaya where the enrolment has started recently, K J Alphons, Minister of State for Electronics and IT, said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The Centre said that since some more time would be needed to conclude the prolonged hearing in the Aadhaar case, the government may extend the deadline from March 31.
The decision was taken after the UIDAI came to know about some retailers, operators and agents of telecom companies allegedly misusing Aadhaar authentication facility to issue new SIMs or for re-verification of numbers other than that of the Aadhaar holder.
The government has mandated submission of the 12-digit unique identity number by every bank account holder by March 31, 2018 to weed out unaccounted wealth.
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The duplicate and bogus ration cards, which have been since removed, were being used to get subsidised food grains.
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Prasad said that the move will be in public safety and public interest, and added that some state initiatives are already on, in this regard.
Linking the ration card to the holder's Aadhaar number had allowed the government to clean up the system, the minister said.
Since most people already have an Aadhaar number, asking them to link it to their property documents is a better option.
The petition was filed before a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud which kept the matter for hearing in March.