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  1. Ramesh seeks early hearing on Aadhaar Bill

Ramesh seeks early hearing on Aadhaar Bill

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday sought early hearing on his 2016 petition challenging the introduction of the Aadhaar Bill as a money Bill in Parliament.

By: | Published: August 30, 2017 2:21 AM
Jairam Ramesh, 2016 petition, Aadhaar bill, money bill, parliament, congress leader Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday sought early hearing on his 2016 petition challenging the introduction of the Aadhaar Bill as a money Bill in Parliament. (Image: IE)

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday sought early hearing on his 2016 petition challenging the introduction of the Aadhaar Bill as a money Bill in Parliament. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra posted the matter for hearing on Friday after senior counsel and Congress leader P Chidambaram, appearing for Ramesh, sought early hearing on the petition. However, the Bench said that it had not yet read the privacy judgement, so the petitioner needs to mention the matter again  on Friday. The Aadhaar scheme has assumed importance since the SC, last week, deemed privacy as a fundamental right under the Constitution. Ramesh had challenged Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill 2016, claiming it to be ‘unconstitutional’ as it was incorrectly introduced as a money Bill. He claimed that the Bill was certified as a money Bill to avoid its scrutiny by the Rajya Sabha which does not have any say on such legislations. The Bill was discussed and passed by the Lok Sabha on March 11 last year. It was taken up in Rajya Sabha on March 16, where several amendments were made to it.

Ramesh had challenged Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill 2016, claiming it to be ‘unconstitutional’ as it was incorrectly introduced as a money Bill. He claimed that the Bill was certified as a money Bill to avoid its scrutiny by the Rajya Sabha which does not have any say on such legislations. The Bill was discussed and passed by the Lok Sabha on March 11 last year. It was taken up in Rajya Sabha on March 16, where several amendments were made to it. The Bill was returned same evening to the Lok Sabha, which rejected all the amendments adopted by the Upper House and passed it without any of these changes. The Bill is aimed at giving statutory backing for transferring government subsidies and other benefits and ensuring that these reached the intended beneficiaries. It also lays down a regulatory framework to protect core biometric information of Aadhaar cardholders from any unauthorised disclosure or sharing.

The Bill is aimed at giving statutory backing for transferring government subsidies and other benefits and ensuring that these reached the intended beneficiaries. It also lays down a regulatory framework to protect core biometric information of Aadhaar cardholders from any unauthorised disclosure or sharing.The Centre had opposed the plea saying that it fulfilled the criteria as the expenditure for the welfare schemes has to be drawn from the Consolidated Fund of India. It further said that it covered all constitutional provisions to bring it under the ambit of a money Bill.

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