A note seeking the cabinet’s nod to introduce the bill — which will give Aadhaar the legal backing — in Parliament was being circulated, a government official said.
“We have finalised the note covering all aspects,” the official said.
The bill, which is an improved version of the one that was rejected by a parliamentary panel in 2010, provides legal cover to the entire process right from the enrollment stage. Enrolments are done by private agencies hired by state governments in consultation with UIDAI, which was set up through an executive order in 2009. These agencies directly feed in the demographic and biometric details into the UIDAI system.
Any unauthorised sharing of information would result in a jail term of up to three years and a fine, the official said. No personal information would be shared with any government agency unless authorised by a designated senior government official. Data theft is to be punished with three-year jail term and a fine that can be as high as Rs. 1 crore. After the cabinet’s nod, the bill would be introduced in the winter session of Parliament, Minister for planning Rajiv Shukla said. The Planning Commission, in-charge of UIDAI, expects the cabinet to take up the bill within a month.