Aadhaar card mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from PDS faces lawsuit

Sukanya had challenged an endorsement issued by the Food and Civil Supplies Department in August 2016, denying her ration as she had not produced her Aadhaar card.

Aadhaar card mandatory for availing subsidised foodgrains from PDS faces lawsuit

A legal battle has been launched against the Department of Food and Civil supplies and Consumer for insisting on having an Aadhaar card for distribution of ration under the public distribution system (PDS) by a woman from a village in Channapatna taluk of Ramanagara district in Karnataka.

G S Sukanya, a tailor, has filed a petition in the High Court seeking a direction to the authorities of the Food and Civil Supplies Department not to insist on Aadhaar card for disbursing ration, The New Indian Express reported.


Justice A S Bopanna on Monday passed an interim order to the authorities to disburse ration which she is entitled to without producing the Aadhaar card.

Sukanya had challenged an endorsement issued by the Food and Civil Supplies Department in August 2016, denying her ration as she had not produced her Aadhaar card, the report added.

Staying the endorsement, the judge issued a notice to the Secretary and Commissioner of the Department and also to the local tahsildar. Sukanya’s counsel Clifton Rozario argued that the supreme Court had indicated that the Aadhaar card was voluntary and not mandatory for getting ration and other benefits. The issue of Aadhaar is pending before the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court.