Govt tables bill for Aadhaar law
NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to provide statutory backing to Aadhaar for transferring subsidies and benefits. Some Opposition parties objected to the government’s decision to bring it as a money bill, which would help the ruling dispensation overcome any hurdle in the Rajya Sabha where it is in a minority.
A money bill can be introduced only in the Lok Sabha and the speaker’s decision is final. The Rajya Sabha is required to return a money bill passed by the Lok Sabha within 14 days of receipt. Any amendment made to it by the Rajya Sabha is not binding.
The UPA introduced a similar bill in the Rajya Sabha in December 2010, but a financerelated standing committee suggested major changes to its provisions and recommended the then government bring in a new version. Finance minister Arun Jaitley withdrew the UPA bill from the Rajya Sabha on Thursday to introduce The Aadhaar ( Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 in the other House. The bill incorporates clauses to keep personal information discreet and Aadhaar’s not being a proof of citizenship.
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