Mizoram defies Supreme Court, says IUD is mandatory

AIZAWL:  The Government of Mizoram in defiance of the Supreme Court (SC) is going ahead with the biometric enrolment IUD or AADHAR giving it the  ‘mandatory’ status.

The SC recently held that the AADHAR 12 digit number is not ‘mandatory’ and cannot be linked to a citizen getting access to essential services. However, the Mizoram Government  has issued a press release mandating that this number is essential for a person to gain access to all services, including gas, bank accounts, mobile phones, registration of marriages, etc.

The press release was splashed as headlines in most of the dailies here. The press release in the local language went so far as to warn that (translated) “those who do not register themselves within the specified time and do not have the AADHAR 12 digit UID number would not be marked in the National Population Register and hence would not be regarded as citizens of India.”

On September 23, the top court ruled that the Centre or States must not insist on Aadhar cards for providing essential services. “No citizen should suffer for the want of Aadhar cards”, the court had said on a petition questioning the constitutional validity of the Unique Identity Card scheme. The Supreme Court had said Aadhar card is not mandatory and no person should be deprived of any government schemes for want it.

Retired Justice KS Puttaswamy, who filed the Public Interest Litigation against AADHAR being made mandatory by executive orderspoke to a local newspaper claiming that the SC ruling is binding on the Central Government and all State Governments. Any government that did not take this ruling into consideration was committing contempt of court, he said.

He also said that the Central Government has moved the Supreme Court to modify its ruling to make it mandatory for certain beneficiary based welfare schemes. It is coming up for hearing on Tuesday(October 8).

At the same time, some in Mizoram wonder if the AADHAR project inauguration with the Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla flagging it off (by being the first person to be registered under AADHAR in the State) breaks the Election Model Code of Conduct (EMCC).

Elections were announced on October 4. The State Information and Public Relations department issued a press statement along with photographs the CM and his family having their biometric data  taken by the AADHAR team. When asked about this, the Jt Chief Electoral Officer Lalengmawia told this reporter that they would discuss this issue with the Election Commission of India before giving a reply.

As it is AADHAR and the biometric scheme is already ‘controversial’ here in Manipur where people harbour superstitions  that this is a numbering by the devil who would control the population of the world by giving them IUDs and refusing those who do not have this number. This has spread fear and insecurity among certain fundamental religious sects.

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