Union Finance Minister, Sri Arun Jaitley introduced the Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and other Services) Bill, 2016.
- The bill was presented as a Money Bill, that will not need approval from the Rajya Sabha to become Legislation, if it is not returned to the lower house within 14 days of its receipt by the Upper House.
- It will provide statutory support to Aadhaar for its use for transferring government subsidies and benefits to Indians.
Aadhaar Bill 2016
The Bill relates to the following matters:
- Address concerns over privacy of Aadhaar Data
- Restricts the use of Aadhaar as a proof of citizenship.
- Clause 9 of the bill states that the Aadhaar number will not be considered as a proof of identification now onwards
- To provide for good governance, efficient, transparent, and targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits and services, the expenditure for which is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India, to individuals residing in India through assigning of unique identity numbers to such individuals
- To provide for a framework to ensure that the biometric details of citizens it collects are kept discreet and used only to generate Aadhaar numbers or authenticate them