The new proposal, however, does not cover Aadhaar card holders who have PAN cards issued on their names, as the court had upheld linkage of PAN with Aadhaar
People may soon get an option to withdraw their Aadhaar numbers, as the government is deciding on amending the Aadhaar Act.
According to a report by The Hindu, the Centre is in the last leg of finalising a proposal to amend the Act that will allow all citizens to withdraw their Aadhaar number, including biometrics and data.
The Supreme Court, in its order on September 26 this year, struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which allowed sharing of data with private entities. It means that telecom companies, e-commerce firms and private banks cannot ask for biometric and other data from consumers to provide their services.
Following the order, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) drafted a proposal to amend the Act. Initially, the proposal suggested that children who turn 18 will be given six months to decide if they want to withdraw their Aadhaar number, said the report citing a senior official familiar with the development.
The proposal was sent to the Law Ministry for examination, which recommended that the withdrawal option should be made available to all citizens.
Based on the recommendation, a new proposal has been drafted. It will now be sent to the Cabinet.However, the new proposal does not cover Aadhaar card holders who have PAN cards issued on their names, as the court had upheld the linkage of PAN with Aadhaar.