Government has told Supreme Court that Sadhus and Saints of all religion do not require any government issued IDs to get Covid vaccination. They do not need Aadhaar Card to get them registered on CoWIN App.
Central government informed a bench of two justice, DY Chandrachud and Surya Kant that person who wants to get vaccinated should produce anyone of the nine government IDs including; Driving License, Aadhaar Card, Passport, PAN Card, NPR Smart Card, Pension Passbook, Ration Card, Voter ID and Disability Certificate. Certain group of people do not need to produce these identity proofs to get them vaccinated.
Government said, “The categories of persons exempted from production of ID Proof for vaccination are nomads including sadhus, saints from various religions, prison inmates of mental health facilities, inmates of old age home, roadside beggars, people residing in rehabilitation centers and any other identified eligible person, who is 18 years or more, who do not possess any of the aforesaid nine photo ID proofs.”
Aman Sharma, counsel to the government has informed the bench that as of February 2, 2022 115 crore people have registered them on CoWIN, out of which 85.6 crores have registered through Aadhaar card. And over 87 lakh people have registered them on CoWIN without producing any ID.
In Maharashtra, a person was denied registration for vaccination at a private vaccination facility when he did not produce his Aadhaar Card. But he brought his Valid Passport for registration. He filed a petition in Supreme Court against the matter. Supreme Court has asked government to take necessary action against the matter as such individual grievances are not dealt by Supreme Court.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has written letter to Maharashtra Principal Secretary for Health and Family Welfare to take the necessary action against the private vaccination facility.