Aadhaar Bill Explained in PDF The government passed the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial
and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 in the Parliament recently. The legislation
seeks to provide statutory backing to the scheme of issuing unique identification numbers to every
Indian resident thereby enabling targeted (direct) delivery of subsidies, services and other benefits to
the intended beneficiaries under welfare schemes.
The Aadhaar Bill was introduced as a Money Bill in the Parliament by Union Finance Minister, Arun
Jaitley. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 11th March 2016 amidst growing concerns of data
safety and mass surveillance.
What is the Aadhaar Bill?
The Aadhaar Bill seeks to cut out middlemen when it comes to handing over subsidies. The Aadhaar
Card is a tool by which each individual is handed a unique identification number. This Bill seeks to
use this unique number to identify and disburse subsidies to those who need it. This will ensure that
subsidies are not lost to the pockets of corrupt middlemen.
Provisions of Aadhaar Bill Explained
The bill needs to be understood in its parts to understand the issues surrounding it. So without further
ado, here is the Aadhaar Bill explained. Why is the Aadhaar Bill important? The Aadhaar Bill rests on
3 pillars. The JAM trinity will provide a strong foundation for social programmes and welfare
schemes of government. It will develop a social security platform to accurately target beneficiaries. It
will promote a cashless economy with digital initiatives such as the Jan-Dhan Yojana, pension
payments, digital certificates, biometric attendance. Also it will provide end-to-end transparency and
traceability of various subsidies and benefits. The bill tries to address privacy concerns by
establishment of Central Data Identity Repository. By Aadhaar, government can save thousands of
crores of rupees by reducing leakages and corruption.