The bill seeking amendment of the Aadhar-2011 and the Indian Wage Act-1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act -2002 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad presented ‘Aadhaar and Other Methods (Amendment) Bill, 2019. In the bill proposed, several new amendments are made for keeping the privacy of Aadhar card users safe and secure.
The reforms proposed to carry a civil penalty of up to Rs 1 crore on articles that infringe the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, with a supplementary fine of up to Rs 10 lakh per day in case of constant noncompliance. Unauthorized use of identity data by a requesting entity or offline verification asking entity would be punishable with custody of up to three years with a fine that may extend to Rs 10,000 or in case of a firm with a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.
This bill has been introduced to allow the use of the Aadhar as an ID proof to open a bank account and take a mobile phone connection. The violation of rules has also been proposed to impose severe penalties. The strict penalty has been made for violating the rules and privacy of the rules for use. It aims deletion of section 57 of the Aadhaar Act recounting to the use of the biometric identifier by private entities. The amendment will also block denial of services for declining to, or being unable to, undergo authentication.
Telecom companies and banks are pushing the users on the basis of the identity card. If the customers want to have a mobile connection, opening an account to use their passport or for getting a ration card, the demand for the Aadhar card is going on everywhere. But if the companies if now demand forced base data then a fine of one crore rupees or one-year rigorous imprisonment can be imposed.
The reform bill to Aadhaar Act 2016 will allow intentional use of Aadhaar number for authentication and identification proof in the opening of bank accounts and getting of mobile phone connections. The Bill also seeks to give a child an option to exit from the biometric ID program on achieving 18 years of age, while stipulating stiff penalties for breach of norms set for the use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy.