Congress President Rahul Gandhi today attacked the NDA government over the Aadhaar scheme, dubbing it as a compulsory weapon to "disempower" citizens.
"UPA's Aadhaar = A voluntary instrument to empower citizens. NDA's Aadhaar = A compulsory weapon to disempower citizens," he tweeted.
The Congress government, which introduced Aadhaar, is opposing the government's stand that it should be compulsory for receiving the benefits of state-sponsored welfare schemes.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra today began hearing a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the government's flagship Aadhaar programme and its enabling Act of 2016.
UPA's Aadhaar = A voluntary instrument to empower citizens.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) January 17, 2018
NDA's Aadhaar = A compulsory weapon to disempower citizens.
Concerns have been voiced about the massive data collection process under Aadhaar, which has information about more than a billion Indians, over fears that these could be used for identity theft and surveillance by the government.