As the Rajya Sabha could not consider the amendments in the Aadhaar Act 2016 during the budget session, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved an ordinance to allow voluntary use of the biometric ID as KYC proof for obtaining mobile SIM cards and opening bank accounts.
The amendments, same as those contained in The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018, also makes it clear that anyone not offering Aadhaar cannot be denied any service, be it opening of a bank account or obtaining a mobile phone SIM card.
Here are 5 things to know about the Aadhaar ordinance:
1) The ordinance allows children who are Aadhaar number holders to cancel their Aadhaar number on attaining the age of eighteen years.
2) No one can be compelled to provide Aadhaar number or undergo authentication for the purpose of establishing his identity unless it is so provided by a law made by the Parliament.
3) The ordinance provides for voluntary use of Aadhaar number in physical or electronic form by authentication or offline verification with the consent of Aadhaar number holder.
4) Under the new rules, stiff penalties will be imposed for violation of norms set for the use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy.
5) It also bans storing of core biometric information as well as Aadhaar number by service providers in cases of individuals who have voluntarily offered the national ID as a means of authentication.