Delhi HC: If not Aadhaar, some ID needed for subsidised food grains

The High Court on Tuesday said that at least not Aadhaar card but some type of ID was needed as a proof for Delhiites to claim the subsided food grains under the Public Distribution System (PDS).

A bench of chief Acting Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said that distribution of food grains without any identity proof will encourage people to come to Delhi from different parts of the country which would strain the resources of the city.

It asked the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan, an NGO who sought the disbursal of subsidised food grains to the beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) without Aadhaar cards “Imagine the whole of India converging on the metropolis. Where will the housing, water and sanitation come from? Without any identification, everyone from all over will come here. Bring some ID. Even as per you, more (beneficiaries) have surfaced.”

The NGO had earlier moved the court claiming that some slum dwellers in south Delhi were facing difficulties in getting the subsidised food grains under the PDS due to lack of Aadhaar when it made Aadhaar card a mandatory to avail the subsidies.

The court has also refused to grant the NGO’s plea for a stay on the roll out of Aadhaar-linked point of sale (POS) machines at fair price shops for the distribution. According to the court, the POS machine would ensure authentication of beneficiaries, eradication of bogus ration cards, check on diversion and pilferage of subsidised food grains, enabling of digital payments as well as easier verification of stock at fair price shops.

The court has listed the matter for further hearing on November 7.