Left parties will move amendments on Aadhaar Bill: Yechury

Sitaram Yechury, Member, CPI(M) speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Rituparna Bhuyan says that the current legislation is “unbecoming” and the privacy issues are still under examination by a five-member bench appointed by the Supreme Court.
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Mar 16, 2016, 04.55 PM | Source: CNBC-TV18

Left parties will move amendments on Aadhaar Bill: Yechury

Sitaram Yechury, Member, CPI(M) speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Rituparna Bhuyan says that the current legislation is “unbecoming” and the privacy issues are still under examination by a five-member bench appointed by the Supreme Court.

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Left parties will move amendments on Aadhaar Bill: Yechury

Sitaram Yechury, Member, CPI(M) speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Rituparna Bhuyan says that the current legislation is “unbecoming” and the privacy issues are still under examination by a five-member bench appointed by the Supreme Court.

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It is the last day of Budget Session today and the government is expected to table the crucial Aadhaar Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

The government says the Aadhaar Bill, 2016 will help save thousands of crore rupees by routing subsidy through the Aadhaar system.

Sitaram Yechury, Member, CPI(M) speaking to CNBC-TV18’s Rituparna Bhuyan says that the current legislation is “unbecoming” and the privacy issues are still under examination by a five-member bench appointed by the Supreme Court.

Left parties will move amendments on Aadhaar Bill, he says.

Our main demand is to remove the clause of “upon request” that makes all private information available. “No country in the world allows that (private information) to be shared with anybody, but this bill permits you,” he says.

Below is the transcript of Sitaram Yechury’s interview with CNBC-TV18's Rituparna Bhuyan.

Q: What will you do when the Aadhaar Bill is tabled in the Parliament?
A: Number one, the time when the bill will be introduced, we will raise objections. In our opinion this legislation is ultra vires of the Indian constitution.

The Supreme Court has a five member bench examining the question of Aadhaar and privacy - that is still going on. Now in violation of that they want to subvert that judicial process by bringing in this legislation. This is absolutely, in our opinion, very unbecoming and it is clear ultra vires of the constitution.

Q: Government maintains that the Aadhaar Bill is needed for targeted subsidy disbursal. It will stop leakages. Don't you to see any merit in that argument?

A: But the bill they have presented is not confined to that. The bill says 'upon request'. All the personal information can be made available to anybody. Our amendment is to remove that clause. Now, whose request, what are you collecting, biometric information.

They also said deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) profiling. These are matters of privacy. Globally, there is a big movement for protection of that. No country in the world allows that to be shared with anybody, but this bill permits you.

Q: So, will left parties join hands with other opposition parties in moving amendments as well, will it be a joint strategy?

A: Surely, if the other parties also agree with what we say or if we agree with what they move in amendment, definitely there will be a flow of coordination on that.

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