Official sources said the bill, which was cleared at a meeting of the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday morning, may be tabled during the Winter Session of Parliament.

Besides giving statutory status to the UIDAI, the Bill seeks to provide legal backing to Aadhar, which is used to disburse subsidies.

The UIDAI, which issues 12-digit Aadhar numbers to residents, currently operates through an executive order.

The new law seeks to create a National Identification Authority of India, which will oversee implementation of the Aadhar project. It also seeks to define the penalties in case of misuse of data collected under the project.

(Agencies)

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