The move comes after the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) directive asking officials of the State Education Department to complete the process on a war-footing. All headmasters have been told to submit details of students who have Aadhaar by October 17.
As per the department’s estimate, 60.3 lakh, of the 1.01 crore students in classes one to 10 in all schools (government, aided and unaided), have said to have an Aadhaar card.
Besides enrolling students for Aadhaar, all Education Department employees, including teachers and non-teaching staff members of aided and government schools have also been asked to mandatorily provide their Aadhaar number to link it to their salary accounts.
It has also reported that the MHRD has plans to make Aadhaar as a proxy roll number.
A letter by the Director of the Department of School Education and Literacy to the Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education, Karnataka, requesting the State government to implement Aadhaar among students, states:
“Enrolment of students with Aadhaar should also be done. Department (State Education) may also explore the possibility of using Aadhaar as a proxy roll number for (students) appearing in examinations.”
Meanwhile, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing on behalf of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), asked a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court what harm can Aadhaar do when the right to privacy of an Indian citizen has become a futile notion in an era when Facebook can track every detail, thought and movement through its WhatsApp software application.
“YouTube could pick your choice of films and songs the next time you log in. There are software applications which can pinpoint your location and estimate the time it would take to reach the destination… Where is privacy here?”
The Constitution Bench was hearing a batch of petitions challenging an August 11 interim order by a three-judge Bench making Aadhaar optional for all government welfare schemes including PDS and LPG cooking gas distribution.