Bill proposing voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof tabled

first_imgNew Delhi: A bill to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as an identity proof for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connections was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Monday amid opposition.The Bill will amend the Aadhaar Act 2016 and replace an ordinance issued in March. It also proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms. Opposing the bill, RSP MP NK Premchandaran said it was a “grave violation” of the Supreme Court’s judgement on Aaadhar. He claimed private entities can get hold of Aadhaar data and violate fundamental rights especially the Right of Privacy. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaResponding to him, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Aadhaar is a valid law, it is in national interest and doesn’t violate privacy.He said so far more than 60 crore people have taken mobile sim cards through Aadhaar and now it is not mandatory. Suggesting the bill is in line with the apex court judgement, Prasad said people of India have accepted Aadhaar. The bill proposes to allow voluntary use of Aadhaar number for authentication and identity proof in opening of bank accounts and procuring of mobile phone connections. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahThe Bill also seeks to give a child an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age, while stipulating stiff penalties for violation of norms set for use of Aadhaar and violation of privacy. The move is aimed at making Aadhaar people-friendly. It also paves the way for use of alternative virtual identity number to conceal actual Aadhaar number of an individual. The bill also proposes deletion of section 57 of the Aadhaar Act relating to use of biometric identifier by private entities. This amendment will also prevent denial of services for refusing to, or being unable to, undergo authentication. Besides this, the proposed amendments provide for establishment of Unique Identification Authority of India Fund, and confers enhanced regulator-like power on the UIDAI. The changes proposed in the bill also include a civil penalty of up to Rs 1 crore on entities that violate provisions of the Aadhaar Act, with an additional fine of up to Rs 10 lakh per day in case of continuous non-compliance. Similarly, unauthorised use of identity information by a requesting entity or offline verification seeking entity would be punishable with imprisonment of up to three years with a fine that may extend to Rs 10,000 or in case of a company with a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh. Punishment for unauthorised access to Central Identities Data Repository as well as data tampering is proposed to be extended to 10 years each from the current three years.last_img read more

Prince Charles shows off proud grandpa credentials as he puts unseen family

Prince Charles with Prince HarryCredit:Geoff Pugh The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince's own books They include a photograph of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Cornwall dressed in red, and the Prince with his arm around his younger son in 2012 after “Captain Wales” passed his helicopter pilot training.They join more than 100 pieces from the Prince’s private collection, the Royal Collection and work by up-and-coming artists for the exhibition, which marks his 70th birthday year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their weddingCredit:Geoff Pugh The exhibition is laid out in a rectangular roomCredit:Getty Mounted without labels, the show instead relies on an audio commentary explaining how the small, densely-hung room was inspired by Zoffany’s Tribuna of the Uffizi.The artwork is arranged on the walls of an octagonal room with tables filled with books by the Prince, vases and other decorative objects, while above are hung rows of paintings and other artworks, some with a tapestry as a backdrop.The Prince and Duchess of Cornwall have been in to admire the finished show before it opened to the public. The Queen has not visited, and has already made the journey to Scotland for her summer trip to Balmoral. The picture is one of a handful of images framed and put onto desks in the exhibition, along with personal ornaments and flowers in a design aimed at recreating the feel of the Prince’s own homes. The photo shows all three future kingsCredit:Reuters The exhibition is laid out in a rectangular room The Prince and Patron exhibitionCredit:Geoff Pugh His birthday exhibition styles him as “Prince and Patron”, a connoisseur whose childhood playing among the treasures of the palace led him to become a lifelong benefactor of the arts.The Prince of Wales, who helped curate the Buckingham Palace exhibition in honour of his 70th birthday, has added one other important title to that list: proud grandpa.The Prince has loaned his favourite art works, trinkets and family photographs to the show to help create a glimpse of life in his home.Among them is a never-before-seen photograph of his cradling his firstborn grandson, Prince George, with his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge by his side.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The three future kings, rarely captured together in a photograph released to the public, look relaxed, with a baby George fast asleep in his grandfather’s arm. Speaking about one of the highlights of the exhibition, Napoleon Bonaparte’s red felt hooded cloak, the Prince said: “Since, as a child, I first caught sight of this cloak in the Grand Vestibule at Windsor, I have been fascinated by the sheer magic of the colour, the dashing pattern of the lining and the enthralling story of Napoleon himself which it conjures up.”It is said to have been worn by the Emperor during his Egyptian campaign and was taken from his carriage after the Battle of Waterloo 15 years later.” The Prince of Wales and Duke both have open-necked shirts, in a casual family photograph likely taken at Clarence House or Kensington Palace in 2013.Prince George, who turns five next week, leans into the Prince’s elbow, as the Duke, who would have been settling into life as a new father, sits protectively behind them both.It is the first time such a candid family photograph of the three heirs together has been shown to the public. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their wedding The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince’s own booksCredit:Geoff Pugh He also tell visitors via audio guide: “I am very fond of the two preparatory oil sketches of my sons which I acquired from the artist, Nicky Philipps, in 2009.”They were painted for a double portrait that now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Both are dressed in the regimental uniform of the Household Cavalry – the Blues and Royals – and are particularly good likenesses.”The summer opening of Buckingham Palace, which includes the Prince & Patron exhibition, opens on Saturday and runs until September 30. Vanessa Remington, senior curator of paintings at the Royal Collection Trust, said: “It’s a departure because it is not a standard museum display and the works aren’t shown in isolation, they’re shown in profusion very, very densely. ” Prince Charles with Prince Harry Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. (Tables) are dressed with a range of objects and those are intended to show or give a flavour of the interiors of the Prince of Wales’s own residences because this is a very personal show.” 'Prince and Patron', an exhibition of over a hundred works of art selected by Britain's Prince Charles The Prince and Patron exhibition read more