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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar Amendment Bill; House adjourned till Friday

Union Budget Special Coverage tomorrow | Lok Sabha has passed The Aadhaar And Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019. All amendments moved by MPs were negatived.

FP Staff July 04, 2019 18:20:02 IST
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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar Amendment Bill; House adjourned till Friday
  • Narendra Modi-led BJP government is set to present its first Economic Survey and Union Budget after re-election in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

  • The Economic Survey is expected to be presented on Thursday, a day ahead of the Union Budget, which is an outlook of developments in the economy

  • Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday is to introduce a bill to further amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016

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July 04, 2019 - 18:27 (IST)

Rajya Sabha passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Both the Houses have been adjourned for till Friday, 5 July.

July 04, 2019 - 18:11 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar Amendment Bill

All amendments moved by MPs negatived. Lok Sabha has passed The Aadhaar And  Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

 

July 04, 2019 - 17:41 (IST)

House has power to undo SC judgment, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, it would've been great if Congress would've brought legislation on Aadhaar. We've been trying to bring it since Atal ji's time."

Hitting out at MPs for referring to the Supreme Court judgment to oppose the Aadhaar Amendment Bill, he said, "Don't turn this House into a court. We are here to make laws and we also have the power to undo judgment. Please, I would urge don't minimise your power. The people of the country have given you power to frame laws."

July 04, 2019 - 17:21 (IST)

RLD MP backs Aadhaar Bill

RLP leader Hanuman Beniwal, RLP claimed there was no scope for security-breach under the Aadhaar Bill. Supporting the Bill, he said that the direct dissemination of subsidies is made possible by Aadhaar. He also mentioned the penalty of Rs 1 crore in case of violation and added that Aadhaar will bring down corruption.

July 04, 2019 - 16:49 (IST)

Owaisi calls Aadhaar Amendment Bill 'classic example of halala'

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at the Centre over the Aadhaar Amendment Bill. He callled the Bill 'a classic example of halala', which prompted laughter in the Lok Sabha. "The Supreme Court had ended marriage between state and private parties on use of Aadhaar, now this Bill is halala, Supreme Court called it a vice, government making it a virtue," he said. 


He further claimed the Bill also shows ill effects of electoral bonds. "I don't know why this government has so much love for private entities... Why are you demeaning this House by bringing this Bill," he asked.

Concluding his speech, he pointed at seven clauses in the Bill which were apparently in violation of the Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar. "You are doing a crime over here," he said.

July 04, 2019 - 16:30 (IST)

Shiv Sena MP backs Aadhaar Amendment Bill

Backing the new Aadhaar Amendment Bill, Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Eknath Shinde said the Bill frees the individual of any compulsion to furnish Aadhaar to any company. He urged the government to look into data misuse, adding that privacy concerns should be looked into by getting mobile companies to delete previously procured information.

July 04, 2019 - 16:11 (IST)

Manish Tewari says Aadhaar Amendment Bill overlooks 'right to be forgotten'

In Lok Sabha, Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "The amendment Bill provides a good opportunity to revisit the founding principle of the entitre aadhaar. When Aadhaar was introduced, he rationale was there were millions who were bereft of any identity and they were unable to access services like ration card, pan card. This was the aim of the programme. When in 2016 the government brought the bill, it seemed that the aim of the government was to reduce the identity of an individual to a single number.

"The question is does this Bill give effects to judgments that Supreme Court has given? The one aspect that this bill overlooks is the right to be forgotten."

July 04, 2019 - 15:37 (IST)

Supriya Sule says BJP is claiming bills introduced under UPA regime to be theirs

The NCP leader, while discussing the Aadhaar bill in Lok Sabha, said that it is a shame that people's data is allowed to benefit private sectors. "Most of the bills that the current government claims to be theirs were created under Manmohan Singh government she said. ​Sule further claimed that 65 crore people connected their mobile phone numbers to Aadhaar as they had "no other option".

July 04, 2019 - 15:22 (IST)

DMK opposes Aadhar (Amendment) Bill, says it is against 'right to privacy'

DMK's B Ravikumar said that the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will give private companies access to people's data, which is in contravention of the Supreme Court verdict. He said that monetisation of data, as mentioned in the Bill, is against the fundamental right to privacy and asked for it to be sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee.

July 04, 2019 - 15:07 (IST)

Aadhaar Bill defeats purpose of original idea of scheme, says Mahua Moitra

"The entire idea of Aadhaar was to come up with a unique 12-digit number; the Amendment Bill's idea to create an alternative virtual identity is only a way to bypass the SC's judgement striking down Clause 45," Mahua Moitra claimed.

"If the ecosystem fails after one procures their most personal information to a private agency, the means of recourse are not specified in the Bill. It is shrouded in mystery," she stated. "All private agencies are using this means to get private data, turning on its head the original idea of Aadhaar being a means for the poor to get subsidies," Moitra claimed. 

Union Budget Special Coverage tomorrow | Parliament Latest Updates: Lok Sabha has passed The Aadhaar And Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019. All amendments moved by MPs were negatived.

 

Hitting out at MPs for referring to the Supreme Court judgment to oppose the Aadhaar Amendment Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "Don't turn this House into a court. We are here to make laws and we also have the power to undo judgment. Please, I would urge don't minimise your power. The people of the country have given you power to frame laws."

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi lashed out at the Centre over the Aadhaar Amendment Bill. He called the Bill 'a classic example of halala', which prompted laughter in the Lok Sabha. "The Supreme Court had ended marriage between state and private parties on use of Aadhaar, now this Bill is halala, Supreme Court called it a vice, government making it a virtue," he said.

In Lok Sabha, Congress leader Manish Tewari claimed that a salient part of Supreme Court judgment on right to be forgotten has been missed by the government in the Aadhaar Amendment Bill.

The new bill additionally allows 'offline verification' of an individual’s identity, without authentication, through modes specified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by regulations.

Speaker Om Birla said he will give an opportunity to everyone but wanted first-time woman lawmakers to get a chance and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi will also share his wish.

The Economic Survey lays a strong emphasis on job creation. It further looks at private investment as the "key driver" to generate jobs. Chief Economic Advisor K Subramanian, whose team is responsible for making the Economic Survey, said, "Looking beyond the economics of equilibrium, Survey makes case for investment-driven “virtuous cycle” to sustain growth at 8%. Investment will be the "key driver" of simultaneous growth in demand, jobs, exports and productivity."

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2019 in Lok Sabha.

The economic survey has predicated 7 percent GDP growth in FY20 on stable macro economic conditions. It is notable here that India needs to grow at 8 percent per annum to become a $5 trillion economy by FY25.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tables Economic Survey in the Rajya Sabha. The economic survey has predicated 7 percent GDP growth in FY20 on stable macro economic conditions.

Narendra Modi-led BJP government is set to present its first Economic Survey and Union Budget after re-election in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Economic Survey is expected to be presented on Thursday, a day ahead of the Union Budget, which is an outlook of developments in the economy

Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday is to introduce a bill to further amend the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 and further to amend the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002, which is to be taken into consideration. Prasad will also introduce a motion for the bill to be passed.

The new bill additionally allows 'offline verification' of an individual’s identity, without authentication, through modes specified by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) by regulations.

Under the previous act, usage of Aadhaar number for establishing the identity of an individual, by the State or a body corporate under any law, is permitted.  The new bill removes this provision.  An entity may be allowed to perform authentication through Aadhaar, if the UIDAI is satisfied that it is: compliant with certain standards of privacy and security, or permitted by law, or seeks authentication for a purpose specified by the Central government in the interest of the State.

Furthermore, Narendra Modi-led BJP government is set to present its first Economic Survey and Union Budget after re-election in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Economic Survey is expected to be presented on Thursday, a day ahead of the Union Budget, which is an outlook of developments in the economy.

The purpose of tabling the Economic Survey in Parliament is to summarise the performance of major development programmes, reveal prospects of the economy of India in the short to medium term and also highlight the policy initiatives of the Central government. The Economic Survey consists of detailed statistical data that covers macro and sectoral aspects of the Indian economy.

The Economic Survey is to be presented to both Houses of Parliament: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session. It is expected to be presented at 12:00 pm.

Some of the key issues that are expected to feature in the economic survey are pointers on the slowdown in economic growth, agricultural distress, banking woes and a sharp fall in demand and investments.

Subramanian is also expected to offer solutions that can help the government work towards resolving the issues and boost economic growth. He is likely to discuss the slowdown in GDP growth at length.

 

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