Govt Makes Aadhaar Card Mandatory for Registering A New Business, Defies Supreme Court Order…


Udyog Aadhaar

Besides worrying for investors and revenue, entrepreneurs need to worry about one more thing now: Aadhaar Card. And in case they still haven’t got one, then they can’t even start a new business anymore!

Government of India has now made it mandatory for every new business owner to have Aadhaar Card, without which they can’t register their own business.

Udyog Aadhaar – Boon or Bane?

Last month, Ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises introduced a simplified process for registering new business. This move was made after PM Modi stressed on needs of simplified business registration process.

This new form, called Udyog Aadhaar was issued on September 18; and as of now, more than 800 new businesses have been registered on this platform.

However, if we note the first page of this ‘simplified form’, we will observe that in case the business owner doesn’t have any Aadhaar Card, then he cannot proceed further. Instead of just being another form of verification, Aadhaar Card is now mandatory, compulsory verification, especially for a budding entrepreneur.

This forces us to think: Udyog Aadhaar is a boon or bane for businesses?

Government Defies Supreme Court’s Order

As per some experts of legal matters, this diktat of Government to make Aadhaar Card mandatory for new businesses is a direct violation of Supreme Court’s order regarding the same.

Supreme court has categorically stated that Aadhaar Card usage should be voluntary in nature for all citizens.

Supreme Court lawyer Pavan Duggal shared with ET: “The Supreme Court has been crystal clear on the Aadhaar number being voluntary for now. So this would be a violation of the apex court’s order and could be a fit case for contempt of court. This would also infringe on citizens’ right to equality, as it would discriminate against people who don’t have Aadhaar numbers yet.”

Besides violating apex court’s order, mandatory Aadhaar Card is not feasible in those states where the process of Unique Identification via Aadhaar card has just started; for example, Assam, where only three districts have been covered till date.

In fact, MV Ahmed, additional director of industries and commerce in Assam has even asked the Central Government to consider PAN Cards as a valid authentication mechanism, instead of Aadhaar card to avoid confusion.

Adapting America’s Social Security system, by implementing Aadhaar Card across the whole nation is a good idea; but the problem is that, we already have so many verification procedures that it is becoming too complex now.

In the past, talks were on to make Aadhaar Card mandatory for matrimonial services and even new mobile connections. Although Aadhaar card usage has made tax filing easier, but at the same time, it is giving rise to online frauds as well.

Voter’s Card, PAN Card, Passport, Ration Card and now Aadhaar Card.. While some of these cards are applicable in some of the schemes/new plans; not all of them can be used everywhere.

Indian citizen, especially an entrepreneur is certainly confused now.

Do you think Aadhaar Card should be made mandatory for starting a new business? Do share your views by commenting right here!

Udyog Aadhaar Details by Government

  1. Yogita says

    People !the only direct resistance to this Adhaar -crazy government is to do everything that will not require Adhaar card –Do unregistered business , do cash transactions ,etc If ever you get to trouble then defend yourself by counter accusing the government that it has made Adhaar mandatory despite the court rulings.
    ( You wont need Adhaar to get free jail food!!) till you win the case . Substitute full time private chit-funding to do without banks. Buy gold and gift it poor relatives. There are plenty of solutions. The best would be
    a second Jail-bharo protest. Do everything that Adhaar wants yu not to do and fill the police stations and jails. This government need s to be reminded which kind of masses elected it. The Babugiri has sipped into their veins Fist they aare waving Adhaar banana and after you gobble it up they will use its chhilka to
    to give you a nice slip to the floor whenever they want

    This Guju bilionares’ sponsored road to Anarchy in disguise of Democracy must be given stiff resistance It is now or never before the Indians are forced adopt Guju culture as the World is forced to go American . Rest of India re you awake??? or the banana looks quite long and straight ,No??

  2. Maneesh Dave says

    We will go to supreme Court for further orders to clarify whether its mandatory. If its violation of court order , we shall seek justice for contempt of court. Those implementing as mandatory should be severely punished by Supreme Court.

  3. SHEEJA says

    Aadhar card should not be mandatory as it violates everyone’s privacy. A stupid idea by UPA government which is now followed by BJP government also.

  4. Miia says

    Is this card also required from foreigners setting up a business in India?

  5. Saurabh says

    The main problem is that it has not been ratified by parliament. Otherwise, there is no problem with it.

  6. rajiv says

    adhar card is worst thing possible to implement, its okay if someone like taking some business loan amounting to crores

  7. Azal says

    It’s a shame for Indian Govt. Because, the general public do not know how and where to get Aadhar card. Also they believe that it is a toughest task to do in this democracy. Do not force Aadhar card on people, or make it simple to get it.

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