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No provision in law to opt out of Aadhaar: Govt

Published on 3 Jan. 2018 10:49 PM IST
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A campaign to ‘opt out’ of Aadhaar might be gathering steam in Meghalaya but the fact is there is no provision under the law letting one to be forgotten by the UID database. “There is no provision in the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 for citizens to opt out of the Aadhaar scheme,” stated a government reply in Lok Sabha.
Union Minister of State in Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Alphons Kannanthanam laid out the answer to a question by BJD MP Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo asking if citizens could opt out of Aadhaar. Responding, the Ministry maintained that the Act does not make for any provision to opt out of the scheme. Recently, a group of citizens in Meghalaya signed up for a campaign to ‘opt out’ of Aadhaar. In letters written to the UIDAI, they stated that they no longer consent to be registered on the Aadhaar database. Led by the Meghalaya People’s Committee on Aadhaar, the campaign was organised by representatives of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) and civil society collective Thma U Rangli-Juki (TUR).

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