The Union law Minister of India Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad will introduce the Aadhaar amendment bill today in the Lok Sabha under the Aadhaar Act, The telegraph act and the prevention of money laundering Act (PMLA).
The amendments which were approved by the cabinet in the mid of December would permit the voluntary use of Aadhaar for mobile SIM card and bank account authentications, as well as allow children who turn 18 to opt-out of the system.
Another Supreme court’s Aadhaar Amendment Bill continues the government’s push to establish a law that would enable banks and telecom uses of the biometric identification system.
According to the report of last year December, the Month-wise UIDAI numbers indicate the Supreme Court ruling did not affect authentication rates significantly but did impact the number of e-KYC’s. While last year August saw more than 24 crore e-KYC’s, the numbers plunged by almost 70 percent to 7.8 crores.
The website of Unique Identification Of India Shows that some of the banks such as State Bank of India and Yes Bank were in the top 10 Authentication User Agencies (AUA) with the highest number of authentication transactions and Bank of Baroda and Punjab National Bank were in the top 10 KYC User Agencies (KUA) with the most e-KYC’s transactions. Apart from these banks other banks are also still using Aadhaar with offline authentication methods or for government services.
According to the judgment passed by the Supreme court, the uses of became mandatory for the government as well as the private sector. In effect, the apex court struck down a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) circular from 2017 that mandated Aadhaar-based authentications or re-verifications for mobile numbers. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) also directed the telecom operators to stop Aadhaar-based e-KYC in October.
In an interview, CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India, Ajay Bhusan said telecom operators have stopped Aadhaar-based authentications and have switched over to an offline method. He also said that from last year April UIDAI has been encouraging banks and telecoms to use an offline authentication Aadhaar method in which the cardholder downloads a document from the UIDAI website with his/her photograph and a QR code.
In addition to the circular of The Department of Telecommunications and the PMLA Rules were amended in 2017 to make bank accounts and other financial matters such as insurance policies and credit cards mandatorily linked to Aadhaar.