Aadhar Bill tabled in Lok Sabha amidst protests, it aims to impose strict penalties for violation of norms

New Delhi: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill was tabled amidst objections by opposition parties over concerns of privacy.

The legislation will now replace an ordinance issued in March this year and aims to impose strict penalties for violation of norms.

Senior Left leader N.K. Premachandran opposed the bill on three key grounds — it defies an earlier Supreme Court judgment, permits private agencies to store data and violates fundamental rights.

“Aadhaar is in the national interest and it does not infringe privacy…I want to convince that there is no compulsory compliance. SIM cards can be taken with or without Aadhaar,” Prasad told the House.

Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha saw protests during question hour on queries over the new education policy that supported inclusion of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.

The lower house is currently discussing the motion of thanks on the President’s address. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also present in the House.