The Parliament has passed an amendment bill that will now allow voluntary use of Aadhaar as proof of identity for users to open bank accounts and get a mobile phone connection.
The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha.
The Bill, which also provides for a stiff Rs 1 crore penalty and a jail term for private entities violating provisions on Aadhaar data was already passed by Lok Sabha on July 4.
The Bill was introduced already introduced in Lok Sabha on June 24.
The amendments provide for use of Aadhaar number for KYC authentication on a voluntary basis under the Telegraph Act, 1885, and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
(With Agency Inputs)