Lok Sabha overrules Rajya Sabha, clears Aadhaar legislation without changes


The Opposition-dominated Rajya Sabha registered its disagreement to the Aadhaar bill by amending four clauses of the Aadhaar bill, but the Lok Sabha asserted its supremacy by rejecting the amendments to the money bill within hours of the Upper House’ recommendations.

Earlier in the day, the amendments to the Aadhar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other subsidies, benefits and services) Bill, 2016, moved by Congress leader and former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, were passed with a majority voting in favour.

The ruling BJP-led NDA does not have majority in the House.

Members of BSP, TMC and BJD also walked out of the House raising objections on several issues concerning the measure.

Brushing aside the objections by the Opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Aadhar Bill was a money bill as it dealt with the way public money or subsidy will be distributed among the needy under various government schemes.

The new legislation will give central agencies access to the world’s biggest biometric database.

The government had earlier rejected the opposition’s demand to extend the the Rajya Sabha session by two days to discuss the Aadhaar bill. The budget session will resume next month after a 39-day recess.

The bill gives legal sanction to the unique identification number or Aadhaar as a single window to distribute subsidy and welfare schemes to citizens.