High Court raps government for seeking Aadhaar number of students

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: The Delhi Government’s plan of seeking Aadhaar and voter card details of family members of students enrolled in all Delhi schools in order to separate them from the other state pupils didn’t go so well with the Delhi high court.

Bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chandrashekhar said it was inclined to stay the Delhi government notification seeking these documents.

Appearing for the Delhi government, its standing counsel Ramesh Singh informed the court that the primary purpose was to separate students from other states. Singh said the documents would help in mapping the students as many use fake address proofs in order to secure admissions in state-run schools, putting a strain on the infrastructure and other arrangements.

The plea filed by the Government School Teachers Association stated that the circular violated the law of the land and Right to Privacy. It also said that such an exercise would be unnecessary burden on the students, teachers and the education machinery, and the collection and subsequent digitization of documents would cause a financial burden on the exchequer.

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