first_imgThe Lok Sabha passed the Aadhaar Bill today evening rejecting five of the many amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha. The Lower House then adjourned for a month.The Rajya Sabha had returned the the legislation that aims at better targeting of subsidies through the Aadhar unique identity number, with several amendments, including treating it as a money bill.The Lok Sabha adopted the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other subsidies, benefits and services) Bill, 2016, by a voice vote after rejecting five amendments made by the Rajya Sabha earlier in the evening.Once the Lok Sabha passes a money bill with or without amendments recommended by the Rajya Sabha, it is deemed to have been passed by both the Houses.The government considers the Aadhaar bill as a significant instrument for implementing its Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes by better targeting of beneficiaries but the Opposition attacked the government saying it was violating the Supreme Court direction that Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory but should only be voluntary.      Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who moved the bill and piloted them in both the Houses, also turned down opposition argument that Parliament cannot legislate since the matter is before Supreme Court.      Parliament cannot abdicate its duty under the Constitutional which clearly separates powers among various institutions, he said.    In last-ditch attempts, Opposition members including those from Trinamool, CPI(M) and BJD appealed to the government to respect the “wisdom” of the house of elders and accept their amendments in a democratic spirit and not to reject them on “ego”.advertisementThe Lok Sabha rejected the amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote amid walk out by opposition parties including Trinamool Congress, BJD and CPM. Congress members were conspicuous by their absence.Also readPolitical football over Aadhaar: Why is Congress opposing its own brainchild? Rajya Sabha returns Aadhaar bill to Lok Sabha after amendments by Oppositionlast_img read more