On 3 March 2016, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced ‘Aadhar Bill‘. which was actually pitched as the Money Bill. It was being introduced with the objective of targeted delivery of financial & other subsidies, benefits and services. After getting passed in Lok Sabha, Aadhar Bill went to the Rajya Sabha for further approval.
However, it now seems negotiation on Aadhar Bill might impact the GST Bill. To read further Click Here.
How will Aadhar Bill Negotiations Impact GST Bill in Lok Sabha?
Aadhar Card was introduced by UPA Government and till now it worked as a valid ID proof. Aadhar Card was also being linked to various government schemes such as direct subsidy transfer for LPG, linking it with bank accounts, etc.
The facilities linked to Aadhar Card were optional till date as there was no valid law or bill to link them, neither was it mandatory for people to link them. Now, the Aadhar Bill introduced by the present government will not only link but will also provide services to the registered users or the correct owner of the services.
The bill will ensure that the transfers are made only to actual person with valid identification. It will, to an extent help in controlling the flow of black money in the economy.
Why is the decision on Aadhar Bill being projected as Money Bill Opposed By Opposition Parties?
Before we discuss on why the Aadhar Bill as Money Bill is opposed, we will tell what is a Money Bill.
According to the official definition, A Bill is a draft statute which becomes law after it is passed by both the Houses of Parliament (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) and approved to by the President. All legislative proposals are brought before Parliament in the forms of Bills. The Bills are of two types:
- Governmental Bills
- Private Members’ Bill
Without going to detail, we can say procedurally – Bills can also be classified as:
- Ordinary Bills
- Money Bills and Financial Bills
- Ordinance Replacing Bills
- Constitution Amendment Bills
Directly coming to Money Bills, the definition of “Money Bill” is given in the Article 110 of the Constitution of India:
“Bills which exclusively contain provisions for imposition and abolition of taxes, for the appropriation of money out of the Consolidated Fund, etc., are certified as Money Bills.”
- This Bill can only be passed in Lok Sabha.
- Rajya Sabha can recommend the amendments but has no right to make amendments in it.
- Lok Sabha has the option to accept or reject the recommendations made in Rajya Sabha.
- Rajya Sabha has no right to reject the Bill, if the Bill is not passed in Rajya Sabha within the time frame of 14 days the bill is deemed to be passed by both Houses at the expiration of the said period.
Do read the next section to know more about the Aadhar Bill.
So, Why is Aadhar Bill Opposed in the House?
The Bill is opposed because it is been alleged by the opposing parties that the Government has stated the Aadhaar Bill as a Money Bill to “circumvent legislative scrutiny by the Rajya Sabha”. This is also because there is not way the bill can be rejected or amended by Rajya Sabha, so the opposition can best oppose it.
To Read More about the Amendments recommended by the opposition and government’s reaction to them Click Here.
As a reaction to Aadhar Bill being stated as Money Bill, the opposition has warned the government, that the effects of negotiation on Aadhar Bill can impact the discussion on GST Bill.
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