CHENNAI: A PIL questioning legality of a Tamil Nadu government order making it mandatory to link Aadhaar with electricity service connection to receive subsidy, was dismissed by the Madras high court on Wednesday.
The first bench of Acting Chief Justice T Raja and D Bharatha Chakravarthy rejected the plea and observed that there was no merit in the case. Calling the government order arbitrary and illegal, petitioner M L Ravi wanted the court to revoke the government order dated October 6.
Ravi, who is also the president of Desiya Makkal Sakthi Party, said linking of Aadhaar with EB connection would create a big issue for people living in rented houses. “What will the new tenant do if the current tenant linked his Aadhaar details to the EB connection of the rented house,” he wondered.
The state government conducts special camps across the state to link Aadhaar with the EB connection. The Aadhaar Act mandated providing alternative proof if people don’t have Aadhaar cards. But the TN government didn’t provide alternative options for those without Aadhaar,” the petitioner said.
He further alleged that there is no legal provision for the government to state that it will not give subsidies to those who do not link Aadhaar with their EB connection.
Therefore, the petitioner wanted the high court to direct the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) to withdraw the government order mandating implementation of Aadhaar-EB linking on the ground that it creates disparity between people who benefit from social welfare schemes.