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Attention Aadhaar Card holders! What’s in Aadhaar Amendment Bill?

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Aadhaar Card can be used as a voluntary option while obtaining new network connections for the mobile phone and opening bank accounts according to the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provisions.

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, under which the central government has guaranteed that the 12-digit individual identification number is a foolproof system and there will be no information leakage. The government has said that the privacy of the data provided for the Aadhaar Card will also be safeguarded. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha on July 8 after it got approval from Lok Sabha on July 4. The bill replaced an ordinance issued in March 2019. We take a look at what the passage of the Aadhaar Amendment Bill means for the common man:

1. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has setdown provisions according to which Aadhaar Card can be used for obtaining new network connections for mobile phone and as a voluntary option while opening bank accounts.

2. Once your children attain 18 years of age, he/she will have the opportunity to exit from the biometric ID program according to the new changes relating to Aadhaar Card.

3. As per amendments, Aadhaar Card number can also be used as KYC (Know your customer) authentication.

4. After this law, Aadhaar Cardholders now also has the option to conceal their full Aadhaar Card number, when providing it as a proof of identity. IT can be done by using the alternative Virtual Identity (VID), which is shared by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

5. According to the new rules, a stringent penalty is imposed for violating norms that are mandatory while using the Aadhaar Card. This Provision has also been made for stiff penalties in case of violation of privacy.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed that the details of Aadhaar data could only be shared under two situations- a. when there is a threat to national security b. There is a court order.

The Aadhaar Act amendment also allows states to use India’s national biometric ID for devolution of assets through their schemes. Section 7 of the principal Act, has the Consolidated the Fund of State’ inserted in it. The targeted delivery of financial and other subsidies are dealt with section 7 of the Aadhar card, benefits, and services funded from the Consolidated Fund of India. States can also use the Aadhaar database for better targeting of schemes by the insertion of a Consolidated Fund of State in it. A new section 5A has been inserted in the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

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