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How will the homeless get Aadhaar to avail govt benefits: SC asks UP govt

UP govt clarified that it was not correct to say that those who do not have Aadhaar do not exist

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government how cards of the people were being made.

The bench said this while hearing a matter relating to providing shelter to the across the country.

"If a person is homeless, how he is described in the card," the bench asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was representing government.

Responding to the query, Mehta initially said, "in all likelihood, they would not have Aadhaar".

To this, the bench asked whether such who do not have "do not exist for the Union of India or the government" and will they not be accommodated in shelter homes.

Mehta clarified that it was not correct to say that those who do not have do not exist, as they have other identification cards like which contain their address.

"We are dealing with a human problem. The permanent address can be given for it (Aadhaar). They (urban homeless) remain a floating population," Mehta told the bench, adding that the state was alive to the situation and trying its best to ensure that all such persons are accommodated in shelter homes.

However, the court said as per the government, over 90 crore people in the country have been given

First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 21:27 IST