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Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar bill 2016

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The bill enabling Aadhaar card to be mandatory to avail the subsidies and schemes of the Government has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

Aadhaar number: It is a unique number given to the citizen of India who has stayed in the country for a minimum of 182 days preceding the date of application of the form.

Aadhaar card:It is a valid identity proof issued by the Government of India by recording the finger print, retina and photograph of a person.Aadhaar bill 2016

Aadhaar bill:The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 aims to ensure targeted services to intended beneficiaries through Aadhaar card

Advantages

  • It would enable the schemes to be reached directly to the beneficiaries stopping the intervention of intermediaries
  • It will save the government around 20000 crores
  • Subsidy through Aadhaar cards of LPG consumers had resulted in savings of over Rs 15,000 crore at the Centre
  • The scheme already implemented in a four states for PDS has saved 2300 crores

Controversies

  • It is feared that Biometric data could be misused
  • It is seen as a breachment of privacy
  • It has not been decided whether Aadhaar bill is Money bill or not

Points to note

  • Parliamentary affairs Minister- Venkaiah Naidu
  • The National Identification Authority of India (NIDAI) Bill, 2010 was constituted by UPA government