Rajya Sabha clears bill on voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof -Shreya Nandi

-Livemint.com

* The law ensures that no one is denied any service for not having Aadhaar as ID proof

* An Aadhaar holder can now opt for offline verification through QR code with consent

The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, allowing voluntary linking of the 12-digit identification number as part of know your customer guidelines to open bank accounts or get a mobile connection.

The law ensures no individual is ever denied any service for not having or producing Aadhaar for authentication. An Aadhaar holder can now opt for offline verification through QR code with consent.

The cost of e-KYC verifications for banks, financial technology companies and telecom service providers had increased substantially after the Supreme Court ruled in September that Aadhaar could only be used in direct benefit transfer for welfare schemes.

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Livemint.com, 9 July, 2019, https://www.livemint.com/news/india/rajya-sabha-clears-bill-on-voluntary-use-of-aadhaar-as-id-proof-1562593556086.html

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