Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) will assign unique numbers to all people in India (‘Aadhaar’ is the brand name chosen by the for its flagship scheme), to serve as a single reference point to help establish identity. We found over 200 articles extolling the merits of the project and gathered them on the blog aadhararticles.blogspot.com. Rather than reassure, however, they raise...
The UIDAI chief has said that Aadhaar can be used for the betterment of over 1.4 million railway employees
With the Indian Railways catering to crores of people and employing over a million strong staff, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) saw a major role for itself in helping the public sector undertaking (PSU) behemoth deliver better services through the use of unique identification 'Aadhaar' numbers, reports PTI.
"Railways have been pioneers in use of IT. We think there are many applications where Aadhaar authentication can be used to deliver better services to the people. We are talking to Railways," UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said today.
He said Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) had just held preliminary meetings with the Railway board.
"For us Aadhaar adoption in public service application is a very important goal... and we look forward to working with them (Railways) on that," Mr Nilekani told reporters on the sidelines of a symposium organised by CRIS.
On the utility of Aadhaar for over 1.4 million railway employees, he said the unique number can be used for them in areas like pension payments, authenticating employee family members when they visit any healthcare facility or for railway receipts when goods are sent.
UIDAI has recently come out with a draft bill which proposes to make it a statutory body called National Identification Authority of India and provides for punishment for offences like breaching of its database.
According to it, one of the main advantages of the 12-digit unique identity number is that it will help in weeding out duplicates in the various government data. Hence helping projects to be implemented in a proper manner.
Speaking at the symposium titled 'IT can happen in Government', Mr Nilekani underlined the need for roping in the right kind of talent for longer duration to evolve sustainable models.
"In the coming decades, technology-enabled projects in governance will become more and more pervasive. Our focus should, therefore, be how to create a broad set of capabilities in the system and right people are available to strategic projects in a continuous manner.
"This will help us to take the projects to a certain level of sustainability in a very short period of time," he said
The new draft legislation of the UIDAI proposes to protect individual privacy and also has strict punishments in case of impersonation and privacy breaches with fines of up to Rs1 crore
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is all set for a pilot rollout of its ambitious unique ID (UID) project, Aadhaar, has come up with a draft legislation to ensure data security and confidentiality of information.
The authority has placed the draft of the 'National Identification Authority of India Bill 2010' on its website www.uidai.gov.in for public comments and suggestions. The new legislation proposes to protect individual privacy and has strict punishment in case of impersonation and privacy breaches with fines of up to Rs1 crore. The draft legislation which proposes to make UIDAI a statutory body also has provisions for strict penalty for offences like disclosing identity information, impersonation, giving wrong biometrics and unauthorised access to data.
The government has constituted a group of its officers under the chairmanship of the secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, to develop a framework that could address the country’s interests and concerns on privacy, data protection and security. However, according to a government release, if one wants to send a suggestion or comment on these issues by email, then it will have to be sent to a personal email ID of the officer.(read more http://www.moneylife.in/article/8/6598.html).
According to media reports, the government has decided to move on the privacy law in the context of Aadhaar and the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), which will assist investigators in obtaining information tracked by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The agencies will have access to details of phone calls, credit card transactions, visa and immigration records, property records and driving licences of all citizens, the report said.
The UIDAI has selected Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS) to redesign its website. The Authority is also seeking specific inputs and shared experiences from the public to make its website Right to Information (RTI) compliant. In the initial stages, besides English, there will also be a Hindi version of the website with other language versions coming out later.
The UIDAI has also created a separate space for Civil Society Outreach (CSO) interactions and has posted detailed notes from all the past CSO meetings. The Authority intends to update these notes with action-taken reports over the next few weeks.