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Posted at: Sep 14, 2017, 12:32 AM; last updated: Sep 14, 2017, 12:32 AM (IST)

Aadhaar law likely to pass constitutional test: Jaitley

New Delhi, September 13

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday exuded confidence that Aadhaar law will pass the test of constitutionality, saying the legislation has adequate safeguards for data protection.

Jaitley’s comments at a conclave on financial inclusion organised by United Nations here come amid a legal challenge mounted in the Supreme Court against making the biometric identification number, Aadhaar, mandatory for government schemes, including its linking to income tax PAN. The next date of hearing is in November.

The Finance Minister said Aadhaar was an evolving idea under the previous UPA regime and it did not have legislative backing.

BJP-led NDA gave it a legislative cover with iron wall to ensure data protection and privacy, he said. — PTI

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