Law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened: NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Wednesday said that the law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened in the wake of Supreme Court upholding the right to privacy.

Published: 13th September 2017 02:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th September 2017 02:54 PM   |  A+A-

Economist Dr Rajiv Kumar (Photo courtesy: cprindia.org)

By IANS

NEW DELHI: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Wednesday said that the law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened in the wake of Supreme Court upholding the right to privacy as a fundamental right.

"Article 21 has been interpreted again. The law underlining Aadhaar will have to be strengthened," he said here at the conclave on financial inclusion organised by United Nations in India.

The Supreme Court on August 24 had declared right to privacy as a fundamental right guaranteed by Constitution, a ruling that could have a bearing on the case related to Aadhaar that has been made mandatory in various services.

The right to privacy is protected as an intrinsic part of the right to life and personal liberty under Article 21, the court had said.

Aadhaar will thus have stand the test of constitutionality as the Supreme Court's decision on the legislation still pending.

The government will have to prove that Aadhaar can restrain right to privacy on the grounds of dissemination of social benefits or national security.

Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) Act, 2016, which aims to provide legal backing to the Aadhaar unique identification number project, was passed in 2016 by the Parliament.

The NITI Aayog V-C said that at the core of the issue is mistrust in the minds of some relating to the protection and usage of Aadhaar data.

"We in the government need to work on it (removing mistrust) and try and do away with it to ensure we all are at the same page, in the same direction and for the same cause," he said.

The government has said that it aims to achieve financial inclusion with the interplay of over a billion Aadhaar number, over a billion bank accounts and mobile phones (JAM trinity).

Digital push and financial inclusion is what India needs to be at the frontiers of technology, he added.

"The digital revolution is unfolding before us. It is up to us to use it the way we can. I do think financial inclusion is the key to achieve all," Kumar said.
 

Stay up to date on all the latest Business news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL2018