The Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar Bill on 16th March 2016, Wednesday. Its aim is to better targeting of subsidies through the Aadhaar Number. Lok Sabha rejects all amendments which recommended by Rajya Sabha. The debate was held in Rajya Sabha involving Congress member Jairam Ramesh and all opposition members.
For getting Aadhaar Number, the people have to submitted Finger Prints, Iris Scan, Photograph, Name, Date of Birth and Address information. This unique Aadhaar identity number will used to identify the person who receives a subsidy or any other services.
If any person have not Aadhaar Number then they have to gives alternative of identification.
The Lok Sabha got intimation of Rajya Sabha’s recommendations on money bill. The Lok Sabha got intimation at 7:25 PM. Congress person Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “We reserve our right to take all legal challenges because it is a misuse of power, it is a colourable exercise of power.”
On 16th March 2016, there amendments pass including, enrollment under Adhaar (clause 3), mandatory use for government services and subsidies (clause 7), disclosing information in the interest of national security (clause 33) and allowing private persons to use Aadhaar (clause 57).
Congress member Jairam Ramesh said, “I don’t have an Aadhaar number and I don’t need one, because I am not a beneficiary of subsidy, but tomorrow if I want a mobile connection, the guys say ‘Where is your Aadhaar number! You made it mandatory no!”
Jairam Ramesh had proposed 9 alterations in the Aadhaar Bill, but insisted on a vote only on five, each of which was approved. Two of these received 76 votes in support and 64 against, two more got 77 votes in support and 64 against, while one amendment received 76 votes in support and 65 against. Four other amendments, on which Ramesh did not insist on voting, got rejected by voice vote.
The amendments by Ramesh suggested to restrict the use of Aadhaar numbers only for targeting of government benefits or service and not for any other purpose. Ramesh said the government Bill seemed to make Aadhaar numbers mandatory for everyone desirous of claiming government benefits, but the Supreme Court had already ruled against this.
Ramesh argued that “national security” was a “loose” term liable to be misused in interpretation by the government of the day. Many other speakers from the Opposition benches criticised the government for labelling the Bill as a money Bill, and said it did not qualify as such.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while clarifying the points raised by members, said it had been judicially settled in many countries, including the United States, that if an individual want to claim specific government benefits, asking him or her to enrol for a Aadhaar like programme is not unjust.
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