The apex court said pension is not a subsidy but an entitlement of a person for years of service he or she has rendered to government
The court further questioned whether the Centre was going to deny pension, a rightful entitlement, just for want of Aadhaar
The attorney general said Aadhaar was instrumental in eliminating many bogus pensioners drawing post-retirement benefits

The Supreme Court questioned the Centre on Wednesday about its decision to link Aadhaar with pensions, reasoning that it is not a subsidy but an entitlement of a person for years of service he or she has rendered to the government in discharge of official duties.
Referring to the argument of petitioners that many pensioners have been denied their only subsistence in old age due to technical and physical reasons, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan asked attorney general K K Venugopal whether the Centre was going to deny pension, a rightful entitlement, just for want of Aadhaar. Venugopal said Aadhaar has been instrumental in eliminating many bogus pensioners drawing post-retirement benefits for years.

(Courtesy: Times of India)