‘Aadhaar law will pass all hurdles’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2017 08:15:52


Sept 13,


FINANCE Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday exuded confidence that Aadhaar law will pass the test of constitutionality, saying the legislation has adequate safeguards for data protection. Jaitley’s comments at a conclave on financial inclusion organised by United Nations here come amid a legal challenge mounted in the Supreme Court against making the biometric identification number, Aadhaar, mandatory for Government schemes, including its linking to income tax PAN. The next date of hearing is in November.

The Finance Minister said that Aadhaar was an evolving idea under the previous UPA regime and it did not have legislative backing. BJP-led NDA gave it a legislative cover with iron wall to ensure data protection and privacy, he said. “A legislation was necessary and because of evolving debate the confidentiality of the data and to build some iron wall around the data itself. The (Aadhaar) legislation has been passed and I am sure it will stand the test of constitutionality,” he said.

Earlier last month, a nine-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had declared the Right to Privacy as a fundamental right saying it is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life.