Mamata Banerjee moves SC over Aadhaar-phone linkage

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Other than Banerjee other sections of the civil society has also opposed the Centre's decision to link the Aadhar card to bank accounts and phone numbers, but among all the West Bengal Chief Minister seem to be the most ferocious rival of the Centre.

The top court will hear the state government's plea on Monday.

Mamata on Friday dragged the Centre to the Supreme courts on making linking of Aasdhar card mandatory to avail the social welfare benefits and for financial transactions.

A Bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan quizzed Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who appeared for West Bengal, on how the state could resort to such a measure. Let them disconnect my cell phone number.

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The government said the Justice Sri Krishna Committee had already, on October 16, deployed its several working groups to suggest amendments and specific comments to a draft Data Protection Bill circulated by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. She said that the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with a host of services amounts to violation of privacy.

The Supreme Court also issues a notice to the Centre on the plea challenging the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with mobile numbers.

Earlier, the Centre had told the apex court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail benefits of various government schemes has been extended till March 31 next year for those who do not have the 12-digit biometric identification number. "I will not link my Aadhaar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped", said Mamata at a party meeting on October 25.

Highlighting the fact that the deadline was moved forward, Attorney General KK Venugopal had sought a delay in the hearing on matters pertaining to Aadhaar. For instance, recently an 11-year-old died of starvation in Jharkhand's Simdega district after her family's ration card was cancelled for not being linked to their Aadhaar number, activists alleged.

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