Letter to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation against mandating Aadhaar for COVID-19 testing
Recently, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation made Aadhaar mandatory for COVID-19 testing in Ahmedabad's Urban Health Centres.
This decision by the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad is in violation of the judgment of the Supreme Court in Justice Puttaswamy v. Union of India (2019 (1) SCC 1) wherein it was held that Aadhaar is mandatory only for :
a) filing Income Tax returns; and
b) for availing government subsidies charged upon the Consolidated Fund of India.
This step will exclude people who do not have Aadhaar cards.
Any step taken by the Government(s) must be constitutionally tenable and in consonance with the law of the land. Through this letter, we have urged the Municipal Corporation to withdraw the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar for COVID-19 testing and instead use any of the government identification cards.