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Indian Government recently brought some changes in the Aadhar Bill for the benefit of Indian Citizen. Aadhaar Amendment bill contains various provisions that will enable the parliament to create a new law for mandatory linking of Aadhar number. Aadhaar Amendment bill will definitely allow the government to avoid the Supreme Court’s order that restricted use of Aadhaar to only services where the government provides a subsidy.
In this blog, we will discuss the various aspects of Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
The Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 2nd January 2019 and it was passed on 4th of January, 2019. The Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend various section of Aadhar (Target delivery of financial and other subsidies, benefits, and services) Act, 2016, The Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and The Money Laundering Act, 2002.
The following acts are amended by Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018:
As per the Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018, a user can voluntarily identify himself/herself through Aadhar Authentification and Offline verification. In Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 nowhere it is stated that Aadhar has to compulsorily used for verification of the identity of a person.
Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 made amendment in the Money Laundering Act, 2002. The Aadhar amendment bill permits voluntary use of Aadhar to identify verification by banks before opening bank accounts.
The Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 plays a vital role in the matter of identification of a person.
This bill is one of the most awaited one. There is an important and appropriate reason behind the amendment of Aadhar Bill.
There are numerous benefits of Aadhar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018. List of some of the benefits of Aadhar Amendment Bill, 2018 are discussed below:
Under the Aadhar Act, 2016, the identity of an individual can be verified by Aadhar authentication. Aadhar authentication involves submission of the Aadhar number and biometric information to the Central Identities Data Registry for verification.
Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018, allows the offline verification of an individual’s identity without any authentication.
As per provision of the Aadhar Act, 2016, Courts can take cognizance of an offense only if the UIDAI registers a complaint.
However, The Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 allows the individuals to register complaints in certain cases such as impersonation or disclosure of their identity.
Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 makes a provision for an alternative means of identification, where a person fails to authenticate himself through Aadhar due to illness, injury or infirmity due to old age or any other reason.
Earlier as per the rule and regulations of the Aadhar Act, a young adult did not have any right to cancel his/her aadhar number.
Under the Aadhar Act, 2016, restriction on security and confidentiality of Aadhar related information does not apply on the case the disclosure is ordered pursuant to an order of District Court. However, the Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 allows such disclosure if the same is ordered or asked by High Courts.
As per the Aadhar Act, 2016, all the fees and revenues collected by the UIDAI will go to the Consolidated Fund of India. Moreover, Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 says that fees, grants, and charges received by UIDAI will be credited to the UIDAI Fund only. This fund can be used for all the expenses of UIDAI including staff salaries.
As per the Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018, if an entity fails to comply with the provision of the Aadhar Act, 2016, then he/she shall be liable to pay penalty. The penalty is as follows:
Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, 2018 is known as an inclusive tool that effectively delivers social welfare programmes to the poor. As per provisions of Aadhar Amendment bill, no one can be denied to get any service for not having the Aadhar number. Individuals do not require to submit any biometric or demographic information to data servers of the Unique Identity Authority of India.
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