HYDERABAD: The state government on Monday informed the Telangana high court that it is collecting Aadhaar numbers while uploading ownership details of agricultural land into the Dharani portal.
“We are not collecting such particulars for non-agricultural land,” advocate general B S Prasad said while addressing a bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B Vijaysen Reddy.
The bench on Monday resumed hearing two PILs filed by advocates Kasibhatla Saketh and Gopal Sarma challenging the state’s decision to collect personal details of landowners and upload them on a public domain like Dharani.
They also contended that the state was collecting personal details without any legislative support. There is no law or rule that enables the state to do so, they argued.
Advocate general Prasad said that the state has got the backing of the Aadhaar Act itself because its Section 7 allows authorities to collect Aadhaar particulars of farmers while extending subsidies and other benefits.
“Our Rythu Bandhu scheme is reaching lakhs of farmers and we are entitled to collect Aadhaar particulars from farmers,” the AG said. “We have filed a counter to the contentions raised in these petitions,” he added. “As far as non-agricultural properties are concerned,” the AG explained, “the state government is deliberating on the issue.”
He sought time to take instructions on the matter. “As of now, we are not collecting Aadhaar in respect of such properties. Whenever registration of properties is taking place they are being done in the old Ccard (computeraided administration of registration department) mode where the particulars of Aadhaar are not sought,” he said.
The bench extended the interim stay issued in the past on the collection of personal details for uploading on the Dharani portal till September and adjourned the case to September 8.