The Government could be providing statutory status to Aadhar Card. If that is done it can be useful for other developmental purposes. Today we are going to tell you why there is a need to provide statutory status to Aadhar and also how the government is going to do that.
Aadhar is a 12 Digit Unique Identification Number issued by UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) after due scrutiny of background Data and Scanning of the Biometric of Individuals. Aadhar is not a proof of citizenship but can serve as an effective proof of Individual Identity.
Aadhar Card to get Statutory Status:
Aadhar Card has faced criticism because of the lack of its legal backing, but while presenting the Union Budget 2016-17 Arun Jaitley, the finance ministry of India has announced that Aadhar Card will get statutory status soon. In order to know all the details Aadhar Card Statutory Status, read on to this article and know the whole story.
Currently, over 98 crore Aadhar numbers have been generated and an average of 2.6 million biometric and over 150,000 lakh e-transactions are made under it. Now Government is all set to give a statutory backing to Aadhar Card. While presenting the budget of this year Arun Jaitley announces that soon the government will introduce a bill to back up the legal issues of Aadhar Card.
A social security platform would also be developed using Aadhar to accurately target beneficiaries. “This will be a transformative piece of legislation which will benefit the poor and the vulnerable,” the finance minister said.
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The statutory status will give a legal foundation to Aadhar card so that it can be used for other developmental purposes and also this will help to overcome the legal challenges linked with Aadhar Card.
“We have already introduced Direct Benefit Transfer in LPG. Based on this successful experience, we propose to introduce DBT on the pilot basis for fertilizer in a few districts across the country, with a view to improving the quality of service delivery to farmers,” the finance minister said.
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The Supreme Court has also asked a constitutional bench to look into whether Aadhar, which is based on biometric markers, violates citizens’ right to privacy.
Petitioners who have contested the Aadhar project claim it violates the right to privacy by collecting and sharing biometric data of citizens. The Supreme Court bench will decide where the right to privacy is a fundamental right.
Jaitley said “The enactment of a law to ensure that all government benefits are conferred upon persons who deserve it, by giving a statutory backing to the Aadhar platform”
A National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010 is already pending in the Rajya Sabha.
We hope that the move to provide statutory status to Aadhar Card benefits the poor and helps those who deserves it.
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