Citing contradictions and ambiguities within the government over the implementation of the Unique Identity scheme,the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance on Thursday rejected the National Identification Authority Bill and asked the government to bring a fresh legislation. The panel also suggested to the government to reconsider and review the UID scheme.
The UID scheme,the committee headed by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha observed,is riddled with serious lacunae. It said the scheme had been conceptualised with no clarity of purpose and was being implemented in a directionless way with a lot of confusion.
The committee pointed out that initially meant for BPL families,the scheme had been extended to all residents of India and certain other persons.
It said the Empowered Group of Ministers set up for collating the UID and National Population Register (NPR) had failed to take concrete decision on important issues. These include (a) identifying the focussed purpose of the resident identity database; (b) methodology of data collection; (c) removing the overlapping between the UID scheme and NPR; (d) conferring of statutory authority to the UIDAI since its inception; (e) structure and functioning of the UIDAI; (f) entrusting data collection and issue of unique identity number and national identification number to a single authority instead of the present UIDAI and its reconciliation with National Registration Authority.
The report said considering the huge database size and possibility of misuse of information,it would be difficult to deal with the issues of access and misuse of personal information,surveillance,profiling,linking and matching of data bases and security confidentiality of information in the absence of a data protection legislation.
Alvi,Ahluwalia spar over draft leak
An altercation between BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia and Congress spokesman and Rajya Sabha member Rashid Alvi is learnt to have ensued soon after the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance. Sources said the trouble erupted when Alvi accused Ahluwalia of leaking the draft report. Though initial reports suggested that Alvi was manhandled,eyewitnesses said it was only a verbal exchange. While Alvi planned to complain to senior BJP leader L K Advani on Friday,Ahluwalia reportedly told Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and his deputy Rajiv Shukla to stop Alvi from spreading misinformation.