According to the Customs Brokers Licensing Regulations, 2018, notified by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) recently, an applicant seeking to get a licence for customs broker should hold Aadhaar as well as PAN card.
The report also found that a majority of ration recipients prefer Aadhaar-based PDS delivery in both Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, the reason being better prevention of frauds.
Last year, reports had pointed out the long delays and the unremunerative and meagre increase in the wages under the employment guarantee programme.
The judgement was reserved after a marathon hearing which went on for 38 days spanning four months.
However, the court said that Aadhaar is still necessary to avail social benefits, services and subsidies
The 62-year-old multi-billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist said Nandan Nilekani, Infosys founder who is considered as the chief architect of Aadhaar, was consulting and helping the World Bank on the project.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said its enrolment software comes with necessary safeguards and checks to protect against any manipulation, as it discredited the claims in the report as "baseless and false".
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Dipak Misra referred to Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act which says that "State or any body corporate or person" can use Aadhaar number "for establishing identity of an individual for any purpose".
When contacted, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said there is no change in the prevalent rules that mobile phone companies cannot deny anyone a new SIM card for want of Aadhaar, and can use alternative identification documents for the purpose.
Intelligence Bureau had provided leads of "hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing in the website (aadhaar.epfoservices.com) of EPFO".
"Firstly, giant corporates, rather than individual players, have been the main actors in these scams. Secondly, black money is widely known to be stored by the corrupt in foreign banks which are beyond the reach of Aadhaar," lawyer Gopal Sankaranarayanan, representing NGO 'Centre for Civil Society', said.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging Aadhaar and its enabling 2016 law, said its order on a PIL filed by 'Lokniti Foundation' had said that mobile users needed to be verified in the interest of national security.
Any change in norms, however, will be subject to a final decision by the Supreme Court on matters related to Aadhaar, the banking regulator clarified. The changes will have no immediate impact
"The court will list it for hearing after it decides the constitutional validity of Aadhaar scheme and the law," the bench also comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.
Teachers are worried about the load this will add to their already busy schedule, as they are working on new admissions and report cards.
With Aadhaar increasingly becoming the nationally-accepted ID for all kinds of work, the new QR code, that now comes with photo, can be used in offline mode in a way that will safeguard against any tempering of documents.
A bench of five judges headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the legality of Aadhaar
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing petitions challenging Aadhaar and its enabling 2016 law, also red-flagged certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and Rules made under it and asked the Centre how could bank accounts be suspended and then frozen if they are not linked to Aadhaar.
UIDAI additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta was arguing the case of Aadhaar linkage to phones and account numbers in front of a constitutional bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AK Sikri, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan.
The Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), in a circular to all heads of pension disbursing banks and postal services yesterday, listed out alternate mechanism of handling pensioners who do not possess Aadhaar or those whose identity cannot be authenticated due to wear out of finger print.
Companies are approaching UIDAI under the Aadhaar Act 2016, to address the issue to prevent steep fall in their customer on-boarding.
"The UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has recently replaced existing QR code on e-Aadhaar having resident's demographic details now with a secured digitally-signed QR Code which contains demographics along with photograph of the Aadhaar holder," a UIDAI source said.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the validity of Aadhaar and its enabling 2016 law, prima facie disagreed with the submission and said Aadhaar was "not the solution" to banking frauds.
The government told a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which is examining the validity of Aadhaar scheme and its enabling 2016 law that in a digital era, Aadhaar is the best way to prevent "money laundering and deliver subsidies and benefits".
The issue was raised before a bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and A K Chawla by two lawyers, one of them a senior advocate, whose income tax returns were not accepted by the e-filing portal of the Income Tax (I-T) department for want of Aadhaar number.