Government has begun preparations for introducing the NIA Bill in the winter session of the parliament to provide statutory status to Aadhaar. The bill which will provide legal status to UIDAI has also been included in the list for the short session of the parliament. Proceedings have begun to pass the modified form of the bill in the parliament. The upcoming winter session could probably the last for the current government before the Lok Sabha elections after which parliament session shall only be called for interim budget. This is why government wants to pass necessary bills in this session and National Identification Authority Bill has also been included for this. According to sources, UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani and Planning Commission’s Montek Singh Ahluwalia also participated in a meeting recently to discuss on this issue. UIDAI 2010 bill was also presented in the parliament earlier as well but standing committee on finance headed by BJP’s Yashwant Sinha rejected it. Since, Supreme Court has raised questions over Aadhar card, it has become important for the government to give it a legal status.
28 January deadline for Aadhar card linkup in Faridabad
If LPG consumers in Faridabad do not link their Aadhar card number with bank account and LPG connection number by January 28, they could be denied of LPG subsidy benefits. Government has started Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for transferring subsidy directly into their bank account for which their Aadhar card is necessary. More than half of the Faridabad consumers are not aware about this. District Manager Pradeep of Indane Gas said that the scheme has started from November 1. About 12% of company’s consumers have linked up Aadhar card and bank account.
New PIL filed in SC challenging use of Aadhar Card
Supreme Court has taken a decision to examine a new petition filed in SC challenging the use of Aadhar card for opening bank account and registering for voter card as a valid ID and address proof. A bench headed by Justice BS Chauhan has asked for answers from the centre and RBI and has linked the PIL filed by NGO activist Chetna Manch with other petitions. The PIL filed by NGO challenges RBI’s decision to accept Aadhar Card as KYC norms. Also Election Commission has accepted Aadhar card as a valid proof for voter card registration. This decision of EC can help illegal immigrants to get voter card as Aadhar card act as resident proof but not the citizenship.