11 March, New Delhi
Lok Sabha has passed the Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016.
The Bill is aimed at giving statutory backing for transferring government subsidies and benefits to targeted people. It also lays down a regulatory framework to protect core biometric information of Aadhaar cardholders from any unauthorised disclosure or sharing.
The Bill is the key to the government’s plan to plug leakages in disbursal of subsidies and other services and in ensuring that these reach intended beneficiaries.
Speaking on the Bill, Arun Jaitley said the primary focus of the bill is to make presentation of Aadhar card mandatory for entitlement of government subsidies. He said, by linking of Aadhaar number with various schemes which comes under subsidy, the government has so far saved 15 thousand crore rupees.
Allaying apprehension of the opposition members regarding disclosure of privacy by making Aadhaar mandatory, the Finance Minister said, the government has taken care of these issues and data of the concerned persons will not be shared and any unauthorized disclosure of the Aadhaar data will be liable of punishment.
Earlier, Congress and BJD members opposed the bill and had suggested to refer it to Standing Committee for wider scrutiny. Congress Member Mallikarjun Kahrge, BJD MP B Mahtab and AIADMK member P Venugopal demanded the bill to be referred to Standing Committee.