Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2019

Aadhaar not mandatory for procuring SIM, opening bank account

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The Aadhaar cannot be a mandatory identity document now for getting a mobile phone connection or opening a bank account. Cabinet cleared Wednesday the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

This mean the Aadhaar number can only be voluntarily used for authentication and identity proof the procure phone and bank account service.

The bill also exempts minors from biometric ID programme.

The government released a statement mentioning, “The decision would enable UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) to have a more robust mechanism to serve the public interest and restrain the misuse of Aadhaar…Subsequent to this amendment, no individual shall be compelled to provide proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo authentication for the purpose of establishing his identity unless it is so provided by a law made by Parliament.”

Unauthorized use of identity information will be punishable by law for up to three years and to attract fine of up to Rs 10,000 for individual and up to Rs 1 lakh for a company.

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Tampering of data or unauthorized access to the Central Identities Data Repository is proposed for 10 years of jail term from the current three years.

The statement further adds proposed amendments are almost the same as was in the Ordinance

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