New Delhi: The government will introduce a
bill during the Monsoon Session of Parliament to give
legislative powers to the Unique Identification Authority of
India (UIDAI) to facilitate its work relating to collection of
biometric data of residents.
"We will bring it (UIDAI Bill) in the next Monsoon
Session of Parliament instead of the forthcoming Budget
Session," Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh
The Commission, which is providing administrative support
to the Authority, has been asked to draft the Bill that would
provide legal sanctity to the UIDAI. The authority is
currently working under an executive order.
"In the Budget Session, there are other things, that have
to be done. It is not a big decision. We have lots of things
to do like annual Plan discussions (with states). We don`t
want to be pressurised (with too many engagements)," he said.
Earlier, the bill for providing legislative powers to the
authority for collection of biometric data and issuing unique
identification numbers to all residents, was put off by the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance headed by former
Finance Minster Yashwant Sinha in December.
The bill was rejected by the Parliamentary panel in view
of lack of proper groundwork, unjustified cost, and instance
failure of such exercises in other countries.
The UIDAI has recently wriggled out of a row, that
continued for a year between Planning Commission and Home
While the Home Ministry had raised doubts over the
authenticity of data collected by UIDAI, the Planning
Commission pitched for the project arguing that it was
required for inclusive development.