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Bill on voluntary use of Aadhaar Card as ID proof passed by Parliament

Bill on voluntary use of Aadhaar Card as ID proof passed by Parliament

Parliament has passed the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Lok Sabha had already passed the bill. The bill seeks to amend Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and to further amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

The bill also proposes giving a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age. This bill will make the use of Aadhaar for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connections voluntary.

Replying to a debate on the bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government will soon bring a Data Protection Bill in Parliament. He said, the entire world is looking towards India with regard to Data Protection Law and a comprehensive law will be framed in this regard.

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