What could be an important development, the issuing body, the UIDAI, has proposed to include the ‘opt-out’ section to the Aadhaar Act which will enable people to withdraw their biometric details from the server of the authority.
The Government is in the last stages of finalizing the proposal to amend the Aadhaar Act so that all citizens can be given the option to withdraw their base number including biometrics and data.
It follows the Supreme Court’s decision in September, although the validity of the base was retained with some riders.
A Constitution Bench had struck Section 57 of the Act which allows private entities to use unique numbers for verification. The Bench also announced that the demand to join bank accounts and SIM cards was unconstitutional.
This proposal was sent to the law ministry for vetting. The official further said that the Ministry further recommended that the option of withdrawing all citizens should be made available, and not limited to any particular group.
The cabinet note is expected to arrive in the next 1-2 months.
However, a valid document for customer verification such as a base passport, PAN card, driving license and other government-authorized documents, including voter ID, remains.
According to a report in the DNA newspaper, a window of the specified timeframe will be decided, under which people can withdraw their 16-digit number. An official said, “This presentation will be present in the form of an alternative, there is no provision available in this regard.”
The amendment will be brought fairly after the Cabinet approval. ”
Once implemented, the opt-out provision can be availed and their base numbers and descriptions, including demographics and biometrics, will be removed from the UIDAI server.
However, if a person comes out of the base plan, he will not be able to avail the benefits of several government schemes and subsidies where the base relationship is still mandatory.
Apart from this, the proposal, which will now be sent to the cabinet, is likely to benefit only those who do not have a PAN card or no one is required because the court has maintained the connection with the PAN with the base.