New Delhi, Jul 4: Congress floor leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday opposed the promulgation of ordinances in a frequent manner.
Taking part in the discussion on the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Congress member said,' For every 10 Bills, you ( the Law Minister) are bringing four Ordinances.'
Taking a dig at the Law Minister for saying that earlier Aadhaar was 'Niradhar', the Congress member said, 'Aap Aadhaar humsay Udhar liye hain ("You have borrowed the Aadhaar from us").
He said the Direct Benefit Programme was also conceived during UPA tenure and it was also borrowed by the present government.
"When we started the Aadhaar, it did not breach anybody's fundamental Rights," he said.
'What was the need of discussion on Aadhaar Bill just a day before the Budget,' he asked.
He asked why the government does not want to bring the Data Protection Bill.
The Congress member moved the statutory resolution opposing the introduction of the Bill and also said the promulgation of the Ordinance in March, 2019 was unwarranted.
He said the Modi Government was taking credit of the Aadhaar which was initially brought during the UPA tenure.
The Lok Sabha took up the Aadhaar and Other Laws Amendment Bill which provides for the use of Aadhaar number as proof of identity of a person, subject to authentication.
Piloting the Bill for consideration and passing, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Aadhaar card mechanism enforced by the Modi Government was safe and has been accepted by the people of the country in an overwhelming manner.
Aadhaar card has helped the government to ensure implementation of the welfare measures and subsidies went to the beneficiaries directly to their accounts, he said.
The Bill replaces this provision to state that an individual may voluntarily use his Aadhaar number to establish his identity, by authentication or offline verification.
The Bill states that authentication of an individual’s identity via Aadhaar, for the provision of any service, may be made mandatory only by a law of Parliament.
The Bill amends the Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. (UNI)