Three oil PSUs have moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its earlier order that Aadhaar card is not mandatory and no person should suffer for want of it in getting benefits of government schemes.
IOCL, BPCL and HPCL would mention the matter on Monday for urgent hearing before a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi which has already listed a similar plea of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOPNG) for consideration on October 8.
Khushbu Jain, counsel for the PSUs, said Additional Solicitor General Nageshwar Rao would mention the plea before the bench as the earlier order has created “serious doubts, confusion and uncertainty” in the minds of citizens who have already enrolled for Aadhaar card to avail Direct Benefit Transfer for Liquefied Petroleum Gas Consumers (DBTL) scheme to get subsidised LPG cylinders.
DBTL has already been implemented and has been running successfully in 54 districts and the old system of subsidy has been stopped, the PSUs said, adding that the firms are in process of implementing the scheme in 235 other districts.
Earlier, the apex court agreed to hear on October 8 the plea of MOPNG that has sought “clarification or modification” of the order for continuing with its DBTL scheme which can be availed only by those persons who have secured Aadhaar cards.
A bench headed by Justice B S Chauhan had on September 23 said, “In the meanwhile, no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card in spite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory and when any person applies to get the Aadhaar card voluntarily, it may be checked whether that person is entitled for it under the law and it should not be given to any illegal immigrant.”
The order had come during the hearing of a PIL filed by Justice K Puttaswamy, former high court judge, seeking to restrain the Centre, Planning Commission and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) from issuing Aadhaar cards by way of an executive order of January 28, 2009.