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Aadhaar itself can be made as an election ID card- TS Krishnamurthy

NEW DELHI: Former chief election commissioner TS Krishnamurthy on Tuesday favoured doing away with voter ID cards and said that Aadhaar can be the sole identity proof for voting.

At present, the Election Commission allows a number of documents, including passport, as identity proof in the absence of voter ID card. “Today, we are having too many cards leading to so many complications. Don’t introduce too many complications in the system. Time has come we should think of only one card, whatever be the card,” Krishnamurthy said. Continue reading

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All about “Right to Privacy” in India

Right to Privacy:

Right to privacy is one such right which has come to its existence after widening up the dimensions of Article 21. The constitution in specific doesn’t grant any right to privacy as such. However, such a right has been culled by the Supreme Court from Art. 21 and several other provisions of the constitution read with the Directive Principles of State Policy.

Article 21 of the Constitution of India states that “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to procedure established by law”. Continue reading

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Aadhaar will be a must for filing Income Tax Returns from July 1: CBDT


Aadhaar will be a must for filing Income Tax Returns from July 1, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said on Saturday.

A partial relief has been given by the Supreme Court to those who do not have Aadhaar. Such PAN numbers will not be cancelled, reported PTI.

The policy-making body of the Income Tax Department issued a statement stating that the Supreme Court yesterday had only given a “partial relief” to those who do not have an Aadhaar or an Aadhaar enrollment ID, and the taxman, hence, will not “cancel” their Permanent Account Number (PAN).

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued a three- point “effect of the judgement” of the apex court statement saying:

From July 1, 2017 onwards every person eligible to obtain Aadhaar must quote their Aadhaar number or their Aadhaar enrollment ID number for filing of income tax returns as well as for applications for PAN.

“Everyone who has been allotted permanent account number as on the 1st day of July, 2017, and who has aadhaar number or is eligible to obtain Aadhaar number, shall intimate his Aadhaar number to income tax authorities for the purpose of linking PAN with Aadhaar,” it said.

It explained what will happen in a case of “non- compliance” or where a person does not possess Aadhaar.

“Only a partial relief by the Court (SC) has been given to those who do not have Aadhaar and who do not wish to obtain Aadhaar for the time being, that their PAN will not be cancelled so that other consequences under the Income Tax Act for failing to quote PAN may not arise,” the CBDT said.

If the PAN is cancelled, then a person cannot do his normal banking and financial operations and hence this relief is given. But, it has been made clear that for filing of ITR or to obtain a new PAN, Aadhaar will be mandatory from July 1, a senior I-T official explained.

Senior officials said the apex court’s order given yesterday was “studied” by a high-level team of authorities from the Law Ministry, Finance Ministry, CBDT and the Income Tax Department after which this clarification has been issued.

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Link Aadhaar to PAN: Here’s what government and the top court said


The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the mandatory requirement of linking 16-digit unique identity number (Aadhaar) with PAN in the Income-Tax returns from this year. But in a partial relief to the people, it held that not linking PAN with Aadhaar will not lead to criminal consequences and exempted those without Aadhaar until the larger privacy issue is decided.
The Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, which had reserved its order after a detailed hearing, asked the government to tighten the procedures to guard against the leakage of personal information collected while enrolling people in Aadhaar as alleged by the petitioners.
The court asked all those having both Aadhaar and PAN to link them while filing income-tax returns, but made it clear that the linkage mandated through an amendment in the Finance Act 2017 won’t be applied retrospectively and previous returns won’t be rendered invalid if filed without Aadhaar details. However, if you have applied for Aadhaar and are yet to get the 16-digit number, you need not mention it while filing your I-T return this year, the apex court ruled.

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