The Delhi High Court and many state HCs has sought response of the Ministry of Ayush on a petition challenging its decision to bring in Aadhaar-based attendance in Ayurvedic, Homeopathic, Unani and Siddha Colleges and making it mandatory for them to recruit staff registered in the particular state in which they are located.
The counsel for the ministry of Ayush sought time while submitting that the directions under challenge were tentative in nature and no final decision was taken on the same. The court then issued a notice seeking a response within four weeks while refusing to grant any stay. The matter is now listed for March 27.
Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Ministry of Ayush and Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) on a petition filed by Uttranchal Ayurvedic College through Advocate Amit Sahni who alleged that the ministry, while passing several directions in its minutes of meetings (MOM) dated January 9, has violated its own statutes and notifications of 2012 and 2016 and also the law settled by the Supreme Court of India.
It was also argued that the ministry passed unlawful directions to make it mandatory to implement Aadhaar-enabled geo location-based bio-metric attendance system (AGBAS) for staff/faculty of the colleges, which is in clear violation of the Constitution bench judgment passed in KS Puttaswamy Vs Union of India.
The counsel also submitted that it is unlawful on part of the ministry to pass directions to all colleges across the country to recruit only such staff/faculty, who are registered in that particular state where the concerned college is located.