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The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which would allow the use of Aadhar as voluntary for the public.

The bill, passed last week in the Lok Sabha, allows the voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone numbers.

Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled the bill saying that Aadhaar is a boon for the poor community and everyone in the country.

Meanwhile, a discussion on Union Budget is ongoing in the Lok Sabha. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman came up with NDA’s first Budget after being re-elected for the second time.

The Aadhaar Bill also mandates Rs 1 crore penalty and a jail term for private entities violating provisions on Aadhaar data.

The amendment Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on June 24, was passed therein on July 4.

The KYC authentication now requires Aadhaar as voluntary under the Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

The Union Home Ministry also introduced a Bill to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 as well as The National Investigation Agency Act, 2008. Further, another Bill to amend the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993 has also been tanbled.

On the other hand, HRD Minister Ramesh Pohkriyal Nishank will introduce a Bill to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009.

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