Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduces Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha. The Union Cabinet had on June 12 cleared the bill which was lapsed after the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha.

The Union Cabinet during Narendra Modi’s previous government had in March cleared the promulgation of the Aadhar ‘Ordinance’ after it failed to get a nod from the Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to allow individuals to offer voluntarily biometric ID as a means of identity verification for obtaining services such as opening a bank account, or new SIM connection, etc.

The Bill was cleared in 16th Lok Sabha on January 4 but could not be taken up for consideration by the Rajya Sabha. This legislation provided for an individual to voluntarily use her Aadhaar number to establish her identity, by authentication or offline verification.

However, with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, it got lapsed. Among the most controversial bills that lapsed were Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, Triple Talaq Bill, Adhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that was cleared by Lok Sabha but got stuck in the upper House of the Parliament.

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Earlier, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday tabled the Triple Talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha with opposition parties’ chaos.

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