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5) Section 2(g) of the Aadhaar act gives unbridled powers of delegated legislation to the executive. Comment.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation

5) Section 2(g) of the Aadhaar act gives unbridled powers of delegated legislation to the executive. Comment. (250 Words)

The Hindustan Times

Why this question

Aadhaar act poses huge privacy concerns for the citizens and recently a constitutional bench of Supreme Court questioned the unbridled delegated legislative powers conferred by the Aadhaar act. Thus it is an important issue for upsc exams and comes under the following heading of GS-2 syllabus- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key demand of the question

You have to introduce section 2(g) of Aadhar act and then discuss how it poses privacy concerns for citizens, what are its implications etc.

Directive word

comment- the question demands discussion of the section 2(g) of the Aadhaar act and thereof form a personal opinion. 

Structure of the answer

In the introduction part, mention the recent observation of the constitutional bench of Supreme Court regarding section 2(g) of  the Aadhaar act. You can also quote constitutional provisions dealing with right to privacy of Indian citizens.

Divide the body of the answer into 2 parts. In one part discuss the positive aspects/ need of section 2g of Aadhar act. In another part, discuss how section 2g of Aadhar act provides unlimited powers to the govt. to collect any form of biometric data.

In the conclusion part, provide some suggestions on how the act can be ensured to protect individual privacy.