Aadhaar data can now be used by States for their schemes

The Union Cabinet authorized modifications to the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 on Wednesday, to fuse a clause that will enable the use of Aadhaar data for state schemes and subsidies.

The amendment is via a new section, 5A, included into the Act. India’s national biometric ID can now be managed by state governments for schemes that are financed by the ‘Consolidated Fund of the State’.

Prakash Javadekar, Ministry for Information & Broadcasting, while in a press announcement told that as per a Supreme Court order, the states had necessitated Aadhaar which is allowed where the funds are going for beneficiary schemes proceeding directly from the central government. He also said that it will be facilitated the way subsidies to the central schemes are transferred from the central fund, Aadhaar can be used for transferring state subsidies.

Preceding this month, Parliament had permitted revisions to the Aadhaar Act to provide voluntary use of the 12-digit unique number as ID proof for getting mobile phone SIM cards and opening bank accounts. The government also included a new clause enabling the use of Aadhaar data by states for implementation of their schemes.

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