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Aadhar Act, 2016

Aadhar Act, 2016

What does this mean

 

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, was passed on the 11 March 2016 by Lok Sabha. This act is meant to give a statutory backing to the unique Aadhaar number which can be used as an identity proof for accessing different services like government benefits, subsidies etc. 

Pretext 

 

The Aadhaar initiative was launched in 2009 to provide everyone in India with a unique identification number (UID). Aadhaar is world’s largest biometric identification programme with over 100 crore registrants.

 

Importance of the Act 

The broad purpose is to establish a system of identification for the residents of the country. 
It also can be helpful in: 

  • Financial Inclusion
  • Eliminating fraudulent transaction 
  • Checking corruption
  • Prevent leakages in Direct Benefit Transfers

 

The controversy around it 
 

Experts raised apprehensions about the security of the biometric and personal data collected.

 

Way Ahead

 

With Supreme Court of India ruling Right to Privacy as fundamental right, the Aadhar Act seems in jeopardy and the clarity on the future of the act will prevail only after the judgment of the apex court.

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