NEW DELHI: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today came out in strong defence of Aadhaar, saying the world’s largest biometric identification programme has already established its usefulness and benefit for over 121-crore unique ID number holders.
Refusing to be drawn into a “hypothetical” question on Government’s action plan in case Supreme Court (SC) decision did not go in favour of Aadhaar, Prasad – also the minister for law and justice – said the team of Aadhaar lawyers has made arguments with proof and that benefits of the programme were for everyone to see.
“The question is hypothetical…The judgement (on the case) is reserved but I believe our Aadhaar team lawyers have argued it with proof, and Aadhaar has already established its benefits for the public,” Prasad said at a conference to highlight the four years’ achievement of his Ministry.
The comments come at a time when the Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the Aadhaar Act and the use of biometric identifier in various Government and non-Government services. (AGENCIES)