Shillong,May 16: Meghalaya People’s Committee today has written letter to Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma to withheld the enrollment of Adhaar in the state.
In the letter MPC writes “UIDAI/Aadhaar will not be used for any other purposes except PDS, kerosene and LPG distribution system” (which order was later amended to include MGNREGS, all types of pensions schemes, employee provident fund and the PM Jan Dhan Yojana), but made it clear that even for availing these facilities, Aadhaar card will not be mandatory, i.e. reiterating its earlier interim Order of 2013. Again on 27 March, 2017, Honourable Supreme Court “affirmed that Aadhaar cannot be mandatory for availing benefits under welfare schemes.” Further, as of April, 2017, “a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India is considering the legal validity of Aadhaar on right to privacy grounds”.
Furthermore putting light into influx MPC stated ”our struggle with the issue of influx since 1979 as we apprehend demographic imbalance and other ills which would defeat the very objective for having a separate State and protection of provisions under the Sixth Schedule but the Aadhaar identification will put this exercise of putting a check on influx into futility”.
“There are substantial number of persons who have faked Aadhaar on an All India basis and the onus for such outcome has been put on States and companies carrying out the enrollment by the Centre. Therefore, such a result creates more confusion, insecurity and controversy on Aadhaar enrollment.’ MPC added.