News By/Courtesy: Harshit Sharma | 08 Jul 2019 18:47pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Bill additionally allows ‘offline verification’ of an individual’s identity, without authentication, through modes specified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by regulations.
  • The Bill replaces the mandatory provision to state that an individual may voluntarily use his Aadhaar number to establish his identity, by authentication or offline verification.
  • The Bill even allows the individual to register complaints in certain cases, including impersonation or disclosure of their identity.

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone. The amendment took place under the light of the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, which held that Aadhar could not be made compulsory. The Opposition, however, rejected the government's proposed amendments and criticised the Centre during discussions to provide legal backing for voluntary seeding of biometric Aadhaar ID with mobile numbers and bank accounts. The Information Technology Minister, Ravishankar Prasad while introducing the amendment bill also assured a data protection law that is under process in order to prohibit misuse of Aadhar biometric. Some of the key highlights of the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 are as follows:

  • The Bill additionally allows ‘offline verification’ of an individual’s identity, without authentication, through modes specified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by regulations.
  • The Bill replaces the mandatory provision to state that an individual may voluntarily use his Aadhaar number to establish his identity, by authentication or offline verification.
  • The Bill specifies that at the time of enrolling a child to obtain an Aadhaar number, the enrolling agency shall seek the consent of his parent or guardian.
  • The Bill lays down provision for the creation of the Unique Identification Authority of India Fund.
  • The Bill even allows the individual to register complaints in certain cases, including impersonation or disclosure of their identity.  


 

Section Editor: Sandeep G | 08 Jul 2019 18:51pm IST


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