The Upper House of the Parliament will discuss the controversial Adhaar Bill, which gives legal validity to unique identification number for transferring government subsidies and benefits.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was scheduled to introduce the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 to return to Lok Sabha.
The bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by Jaitley as a money bill with an approval from Lok Sabha Speaker.
Even though Rajya Sabha has no role in the passage of the bill, it can discuss and suggest amendments.
“Firstly, it is not a money bill, since it has been introduced and passed, RS should debate and suggest amendments. But they are not binding on Lok Sabha,” said, P D T Achary, Former Secretary General, Lok Sabha
Congress party objected to government’s decision to treat the bill as money bill as the party believes the bill does not fall in that category.
“We have been cooperating with the government on several legislations in this session of parliament, they could have brought it as a regular bill and we would have cooperated. We have certain concerns, we will raise them if it is debated in RS,” said Congress Spokesperson Rajeev Gowda in RSTV programme Big Picture.
Overruling Congress’ objections that the legislation has been turned into money bill to avoid voting in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister said in Lok Sabha recently that “Aadhaar was a money bill in true definition.”
He said Arun Jaitley said thousands of crores of rupees would be saved by plugging leakages and diversions.
“Giving statutory backing to Aadhaar will enable the use of the identification number for better targeting of subsidies,” said Jaitley.