In 2014, we were against the idea of Aadhaar: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the Centre was open to a response regarding legislation need to enhance Aadhaar-based privacy framework.

"for sure you will have to make the capable firewalls, but at the same time the larger public interest will always have to prevail over the individual's personal interest," he said while speaking at an assembling along the sidelines of a book launch on the Aadhaar system.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Further said, claimed that with the debut of this, there has been a significant improvement on the savings front as well.

"We have re-setup the whole act, as we felt that there should be substantial provision for privacy. Aadhaar has led to the big amount of savings for the government. It has extended evolved over the last few years and will keep changing as technology evolves to strengthen the privacy framework," he said while launching 'Aadhaar: A biometric history of India's 12 Digit revolution' written by Shankkar Aiyar.

He further put light on the journey of the system in India and also showed that in the starting stages, the government was reluctant about the same.

"When the new government was made in May 2014, we were opposing in the idea of Aadhaar. But a few weeks later, when Nandan Nilekani gave a detailed display to us, Prime Minister Modi decided to sanction the project," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Further said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also allege that the curb on linkages through Aadhaar has generated huge savings for the government, adding that the estimations for savings through Aadhaar will "continue to expand" in the days to come

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