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Proposed Amendment Will Allow Withdrawal From Aadhaar, But Only if You Don’t Have PAN

The UIDAI proposal comes after the SC struck down certain sections of the Aadhaar Act in September 2018.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has reportedly proposed an amendment that would allow withdrawal from Aadhaar. People may be allowed to withdraw their Aadhar number, biometrics and other data. The Hindu reported that the UIDAI proposal comes in the aftermath of the Supreme Court striking down certain sections of the Aadhaar Act, in September 2018.

A senior government official told The Hindu, “The initial proposal was prepared by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). It submitted that once a child turns 18, he/she will be given six months to decide if he/she wants to withdraw.” This proposal was sent to the law ministry for vetting. “The Ministry further recommended that the option to withdraw be made available to all citizens, and not be limited to a particular group,”

Also Read: Congress Welcomes SC Decision On Aadhaar

The Centre will receive the proposal following the law ministry’s recommendations. In its report, Reportedly, the option to withdraw Aadhaar details could only be open to those who do not have a Permanent Account Number (PAN) since the SC had upheld the linking of PAN with Aadhaar in its September verdict.

Withdrawal From Aadhaar
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Meanwhile, according to a Business Standard report, if a person were to withdraw one’s Aadhaar details, said person would be unable to benefit from all government subsidy programs requiring Aadhaar.

In its proposal, the UIDAI has also sought the appointment of an adjudicating officer as mandated by the SC’s September verdict to decide if there was a need to disclose one’s Aadhaar-related data for national security purposes.

Also Read: Aadhaar Constitutional, But Not Needed For Bank Accounts, SIM Cards, College And School Admissions.

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