After Supreme Court’s verdict on the PIL challenging the implementation of Aadhaar, the government looks in a hurry to give Aadhaar a statutory status by passing the bill in the upcoming winter session of the parliament. Rajiv Shukla has said that the government will bring the National Identification Authority of India (NIAI) Bill 2010 in the next session of the parliament to give a statutory status to the UID project. At present the official regulatory body UIDAI issues Aadhaar number to the people of the country through an executive order.
Functioning of Aadhaar was challenged by a PIL stating that through Aadhaar collection of personal information is a violation of the radical fundamental rights. During hearing of the PIL on Monday Supreme Court said that neither enrollment for Aadhaar not Aadhaar for availing services can be made mandatory. The government which has already spent Rs. 50000 crore on this project find itself in mid-way just before the Lok Sabha elections.
Union Cabinet approved the NIAI Bill 2010 in September 2010 while it was presented in Rajya Sabha in December 2010. Later it was forwarded to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance headed by Yashwant Sinha. Rajiv Shukla added that Standing Committee has forwarded the bill to Planning Commission after making some changes in it and the bill is expected to be introduced in the winter session of the parliament. He also said that enrolling for Aadhaar is a voluntary based approach and not a compulsory one. Aadhaar is for establishing unique identity and not the citizenship. It serves both the purposes of ID and address proof.