Govt to give statutory status to Aadhaar

Monday, Feb 29, 2016,12:20 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Government has decided to accord statutory status to Aadhaar to ensure that benefits of the government subsidies directly reach the needy. The Government will undertake significant reform including enactment of a law to ensure all government benefits are conferred to people who deserve it by giving a statutory backing to the Aadhar platform, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said while announcing Union Budget 2016-17.

Till date over 98 crore Aadhaar numbers have been generated. Per day average of 26 lakh biometric and over 1.5 lakh e-KYC transactions are made. Aadhaar numbers have been seeded in 11.19 crore DBTL accounts out of total 16.5 crore DBTL beneficiaries. There is already a National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, pending in the Rajya Sabha. The statutory status will provide a legal foundation to Aadhaar for expanding its use for a range of developmental purposes.

It has been suggested that all benefits, subsidies or services funded from the consolidated fund of India should be through Aadhaar platform.

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