Aadhaar Act 2016 notified

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The Central Government has come out with five regulations, including transaction of business and sharing of information, under the Aadhaar Act 2016. The rules were notified on Wednesday under the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial, and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016.

Under the recently notified regulations, these agencies have also been mandated to inform Aadhaar holders the purpose for which their details will be used. As per the rules, the biometric information cannot be shared with anyone for any reason whatsoever.

Penalty has been prescribed for offences such as impersonation of the Aadhaar holder at the time of enrolment, tampering with data and disclosing identity information. Based on the offence, the penalty could go up to three years imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs.1 lakh or both.

People can use Aadhaar to receive various services, benefits and subsidies directly from the government without any intermediaries.

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