Unique Identification Authority of India, UIDAI has welcomed the judgement of the Supreme Court on Aadhaar. The Authority said, it has been established by the judgement that Aadhaar is not for the state surveillance as profiling is not possible using the minimal data that Aadhaar has. It said, there are sufficient safeguards to disallow any abuse. The authority said, apex court had upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar yesterday and accepted that there is a legitimate state aim in Aadhaar.
UIDAI said in a statement, Aadhaar Act has withstood the judicial scrutiny and the purpose of the Act is legitimate. It said, Aadhaar as an idea is fully upheld that it does not create a surveillance state and does not violate privacy. The authority termed the verdict on Aadhaar as a tool of empowerment of the marginalised sections of the society.The apex Court also upheld that the Aadhaar Act passed as a Money Bill is valid.
CEO, UIDAI, Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey said, Aadhaar has come out winning as the champion of the empowerment of people and also as the key to the welfare schemes delivery of the Government that has eradicated the fakes, duplicates and middlemen. He said, the verdict is a victory for UIDAI and the Government of India and has also set the pace of India’s digital destiny.
UIDAI said that the verdict has recognised that Aadhaar respects human dignity and does not violate privacy.