Sunday, March 11, 2012

UIDAI Bill In Monsoon Session

The government will introduce a bill in the coursework of the Monsoon Session of Parliament to give legislative powers to the Matchless Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to facilitate its work relating to collection of biometric information of residents.
We will bring it (UIDAI Bill) in the next Monsoon Session of Parliament in lieu of the forthcoming Budget Session Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia told PTI. The Commission, which is providing administrative support to the Authority, has been asked to draft the Bill that would provide legal sanctity to the UIDAI. The authority is currently working under an executive order.

In the Budget Session, there's other things, that must be completed. It is not a massive decision. They have lots of things to do like annual Plan discussions (with states). They don't need to be pressurised (with plenty of engagements), he said.
Earlier the bill for providing legislative powers to the authority for collection of biometric knowledge and issuing matchless identification numbers to all residents, was put off by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance headed by former finance minster Yashwant Sinha in December.

The bill was rejected by the Parliamentary panel in view of lack of proper groundwork, unjustified cost, and instance failure of such exercises in other countries.

While the Home Ministry had raised doubts over the authenticity of knowledge collected by UIDAI, the Planning Commission pitched for the project arguing that it was necessary for inclusive development.

The UIDAI has recently wriggled out of a row, that continued for a year between Planning Commission and Home Ministry.