Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar Bill

New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Aaadhar Bill as a money bill. The new bill gives statuory backing to the Unique Identification Number (UIN), which was first introduced in 2009.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who piloted the bill, said that it will help to target to subsidies to the intended benefeciaries and help the government to save thousands of crores of rupees in subsidies, scholarships and other handouts.

Jaitley told the house that linking Aadhaar to LPG saved over 15,000 crore of the government, while Rs. 2,300 crore were saved by the four states which had started PDS delivery by a similar exercise on a pilot basis.

Addressing oppositions's concerns over privacy, Jaitley said that no Aadhaar data will be shared with anybody without the consent of the concerned citizen and no biometric data will be shared even with the consent.

News24 Bureau