Govt ta­bles bill for Aad­haar law

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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.

FULL RE­PORT, P10

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