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PROMULGATION OF AADHAAR (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2019 APPROVED BY UNION CABINET

Team SoOLEGAL 1 Mar 2019 12:14pm

PROMULGATION OF AADHAAR (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE, 2019 APPROVED BY UNION CABINET

The Supreme Court has, in its previous judgments, held the Adhaar to be constitutionally valid. But, certain provisions of the Aadhaar Act and Regulations were struck down by the Court giving directions to protect the fundamental right to privacy.

In relation to this, the Aadhaar act was proposed to be amended along with Indian Telegraph Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The amendments were seeked in accordance to the Supreme Court directives and the report of Justice B.N.Srikrishna (Retd.) committee on data protection so that there is no misuse of the personal details of the Aadhaar Card holder. Some of the characteristic features of the Bill are

1. The holder can voluntarily use his Aadhaar number in any form (physical/electronic).

2. Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act is deleted which related to use of Aadhaar by private entities.

3. A 12 digit number is provided along with alternative virtual identity to conceal the actual Aadhaar number of an individual.

4. The children who are below 18 years of age but their Aadhaar Cards have been made are given an option to cancel their Aadhaar number on attaining the age of eighteen years.

To give effect to the above, the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed by the Lok Sabha in its sitting held on 4th January, 2019.
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to make amendments to the Aadhaar Act 2016, Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2005 & Indian Telegraph Act 1885.

Tagged: Aadhaar   Amendment   AadhaarAct   UnionCabinet   LokSabha     
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