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Consider the following statements :

1. Aadhaar metadata cannot be stored for more than three months.
2. State cannot enter into any contract with private corporations for sharing of Aadhaar data.
3. Aadhaar is mandatory for obtaining insurance products.
4. Aadhaar is mandatory for getting benefits funded out of the Consolidated Fund of India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 4 only
(b) 2 and 4 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3 only



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Statement 1 is incorrect: According to a ruling by a Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, Aadhaar metadata cannot be stored beyond six months.

Statement 2 is correct: The Supreme Court has declared part of Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allowed body corporate and individuals to seek authentication, as unconstitutional.

Statement 3 is incorrect: After the Supreme Court's judgment declaring the mandatory UID requirements as unconstitutional, the IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) has issued circulars stating that Aadhaar is not mandatory to buy an insurance policy.

Statement 4 is correct: The Supreme Court has recognized the Aadhaar requirement for welfare schemes as a legitimate exercise, defining welfare schemes as those funded directly from the "consolidated fund of India."


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