The Parliament has passed The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the much-anticipated bill of current-session.
The fees and revenues collected by the UIDAI will now be received by the newly formed Unique Identification Authority of India Fund.
Here are the key changes pushed by the government to strengthen the Aadhaar Card laws and regulations:
- The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha on June 24 and passed on 4th July.
- The bill was approved by Rajya Sabha on July 8, despite Opposition’s resistance.
- Now Aadhaar holder can use their Aadhaar card for verification offline as well through modes specified by the UIDAI.
- The bill also gives power to the UIDAI to decide whether an entity can use Aadhaar or not.
- The bill has strengthened the disclosure norms relating to Aadhaar.
- Now the fees and revenues collected by the UIDAI will be received by the newly formed Unique Identification Authority of India Fund. The fund will ultimately go to the Consolidated Fund of India.
- The major reform is that now individuals can themselves file complaint under circumstances such as impersonation.
- Earlier only UIDAI was allowed to file complaints.
- The government has also laid down a federated structure for deciding penalties for defaulters.
By: Ishant Chaudhary, Editorial Desk, DKODING Media