aadhaar Bill

The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019


Introduced by

Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad

Minister of Electronics and Information Technology


The bill proposes to amend and allow voluntary use of Aadhaar card as proof of  individual identity to open bank accounts, to get mobile phone and LPG connections.


Salient Points ()

Voluntary use of Aadhaar

 It allows voluntary use of Aadhaar card as identity proof such as opening bank accounts, getting mobile connections etc

Offline Verification of Aadhaar holders

The bill allows offline verification of an individual identity without authentication like biometrics, through modes specified by UIDAI.

Use of Adhaar for State welfare scheme

This allows the states to follow the Centre’s model for direct benefit transfer using Aadhaar card number.

Rights of Minor

A minor gets the right to cancel his/her aadhaar number post attaining the age of 18 yrs (within 6 months)

Aadhaar card not compulsory (but voluntarily) for identity

The bill removes the compulsory use of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual. It has permitted to use Aadhaar to verify its customers who voluntarily opt for it.

Change of grant fund

All fees, grants, and charges received by the UIDAI shall be credited to he Unique Identification Authority of India Fund instead of Consolidated Fund of India.


Salient Points ()

As per the supreme court ruling in Sep 2018, Aadhaar card can only be used for welfare scheme and can’t be used by private entities

The amendment brings offline verification of aadhaar number without submission of biometrics or demographic information.


Key Stats ()

Money saved by the government after issuing Aadhaar card

1.41 lakh crore

Fake LPG connection identified with the use of aadhaar card

4.23 crore

Penalty for storing aadhaar details for private entities

1 crore


24 Jun 219
04 Jul 2019
08 Jul 2019

WHY (as per the govt)

Salient Points ()

This is brought to bring to provide state service, benefit and subsidy to people.

It will benefit common people for getting, LPG connection, mobile connection, opening of bank account.


The data privacy of the card holder is secured as  Aadhar is protected with 2,048 bit encryption.

WHY NOT (as per opposition)

Salient Points ()

The bill has given more power to UIADI but lacks accountability, as UIADI does not certify or verify biometric and demographic data of Aadhaar cardholders

This can lead to data theft, as government has ignored data protection act.

There were many questions raised by opposition like:

  • What is a solution if the  hackers block user information
  • If two banks merge, then the data between the banks has to be shared, what will be the procedure?


The bill has been brought hastily without properly being scrutinized by any standing committee.

The bill is not helping common man but is more beneficial for private players which will lead to corruption.



Videos ()


UIDAI stands for Unique Identification Authority of India.


Aadhaar number is a 12-digit random number issued by the UIDAI  and it serves as a proof of identity and address, anywhere in India.


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