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Parliamentary Panel rejects UIDAI Bill

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Dec 08, 2011 at 05:38pm IST

New Delhi: Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday rejected the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Bill after Congress leader Rashid Alvi gave a dissent note, even as there was a spat between Alvi and SS Ahluwalia of BJP over the draft Bill.

The two leaders disagreed on inclusion of residents as against citizens for eligibility for acquiring UID number.

Alvi also accused Ahluwalia of having leaked a paper regarding the Standing Committee on Finance to some reporter.

Home Minister P Chidambaram earlier said that the biometric census done by the Unique Identification project does not pass security criteria.

The Home Ministry claimed that UID can be generated by producing documents without any verification.

The Registrar General and Census Commissioner said that the job of collecting biometric data should be left to them.

The alarm raised by the Home Minister has come in the wake of reports that UID enrollments can be done without any checks.

UID can be generated by producing documents without any verification. A Mumbai resident can get his UID number in Delhi. Also, all residents are not being covered and there is no legal sanctity to data collected.

There has also been a serious showdown between the Registrar General of India and the UIDAI on whether the Aadhaar data that includes photographs, fingerprints and the iris can be used for the National Population Registrar in its present form.

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