4 min read.Updated: 27 Mar 2017, 03:24 AM ISTLivemint
There is an untenable tension between the approaches of the executive and the judiciary to Aadhaar
For all the scandals and misgovernance that marked the United Progressive Alliance’s second term, it took one crucial step: It started the Aadhaar programme. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government continued the good work. Its Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, passed last year, gave statutory backing to a programme that has the potential to be transformative for governance. But the NDA’s recent move to make an individual’s Aadhaar number mandatory for filing tax returns or obtaining and retaining a PAN card shows that ambiguities remain.