Cabinet nod for Aadhaar as ID proof at banks, telcos

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Bill to allow voluntary submission of Aadhaar as identity proof for use by private entities such as banks and telecom companies.

‘The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019’, which will replace an ordinance, also gives a child an option to exit from Aadhaar on attaining 18 years of age. “The amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Ordinance promulgated by the President on 2nd March, 2019,” the government said in a release.

The government will introduce the Bill in the first session of Parliament. The Bill proposes deletion of section 57 of the Aadhaar Act that bars use of Aadhaar by private entities, while also providing for civil penalties for violation of Aadhaar.

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