Citizens' Issues
When Aadhaar was about to make me 'Niradhaar'
I have been hearing about problems of identifying a person through the Aadhaar number system. However, my touching faith in the integrity and capability of India's information technology (IT) professionals made me believe that the technological solution must be very sound and the errors if any would be negligible. 
 
My friends Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey had told me that workers who work with their hands have their thumbs getting worn out and hence being deprived of their legitimate rations, pensions and other entitlements. I had again believed that these might be rare occurrences, which were being anecdotally described. I have been aware that Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu at Moneylife have also been highlighting serious concerns on Aadhaar. I trust and have great faith in all these friends but felt that they were perhaps picking holes in one of the greatest technological feat of India for small discrepancies.
 
However, a few days ago, my personal experience altered my perception, and I think there may be serious flaws, which are being wished away. I have taken my Aadhaar number in the last three years, and have only shown it or quoted the number sometimes. I do not wash clothes or do manual work, which could lead to my fingerprints changing. 
 
My bank,-HDFC Bank- said I must get my know-your-customer (KYC) documentation re-done. They said my Aadhaar number would serve the purpose. I gave them my Aadhaar number and they asked me to put my thumb on a small device. I could see my thumb impression on a screen. However, the system refused to validate me! 
 
The bank employee asked me to try again and we did this over six times with the same result. The bank employee told me that this happens very frequently with many customers. Most of these customers would not be working with their hands, and yet the system of Aadhaar verification was not working. 
 
I could do my KYC by giving other documents, but the horror of this hit me. If the system cannot recognise people from its database with the thumb impression, what would happen to those whose foodgrains, pension or employment guarantee scheme (EGS) wages depend on it?  
 
I think there is an urgent need to check over a large sample of maybe 10,000 people in different places to validate whether the system does what is claimed. Otherwise, we will only have a pretension of having a system to identify every individual in the country. It is necessary that the truth be revealed by actual verification of a large sample across different parts of the nation. 
 
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Anupam Naik

9 months ago

I have similar experience twice when in my case Aadhar biometrics failed. While renting my place the leave & license agreement could not be signed by me as the machine refused to accept my signature and I had to manage with the power of attorney. Also when we wanted to take a flat on rent, this happened again.

What is to be done? Are we supposed to give hand print periodically and if it is so, where?

At present for me it is just like PAN, nothing less or nothing more. Wherever and whenever biometrics tests for Aadhar will be done, I am sure to fail.

I do not have to work with the hand like manual labour but they say with the advancing age this can happen. For the time being until a solution emerges, God only knows.

Param

9 months ago

i have been asked multiple times why i don't have aadhar card. my reply is very simple - it was meant to track subsidies & i'm not availing any subsidy, then why is it mandated for me? every time i stuck to my stand, they came up with some other workaround to get the job done. i wonder how long i can sustain!!!

Sudhir Singh

9 months ago

Every new technology or system has its own challenges. If there are weakness in Adhaar system they need to be removed and system made stronger. However, the application and is is in our national interest. Biometric is not limited to finger print only. Giants like Apple and Google will be using their technology soon to authenticate users by biometric. The choice soon will be whose system we use, our own home grown or become a colony of US companies. The globe is going to be digital soon. We do not have a choice to be left out of it. We have only one choice, to make our systems stronger and protect our people using technology.

Suresh Joshi

9 months ago

In the year 2011 i was enrolled however thru an oversight instead of male gender they have enrolled me as a Female.On return i found this mistake and rushed to the centre to correct this anomoly and accordingly the rectification was done and given the copy of the same.In the year 2013 i received the Aadhaar card without any correction.Then I contacted the UID by e-m and the correction sheet was filled and sent Hyderabad centre for correction but till today i have yet to receive the card.My Aadhaar no is no more valid.Their phone lines are not operating.What a person under the cicumstances can DO!!

Suresh Joshi

9 months ago

In the year 2011 i was enrolled however thru an oversight instead of male gender they have enrolled me as a Female.On return i found this mistake and rushed to the centre to correct this anomoly and accordingly the rectification was done and given the copy of the same.In the year 2013 i received the Aadhaar card without any correction.Then I contacted the UID by e-m and the correction sheet was filled and sent Hyderabad centre for correction but till today i have yet to receive the card.My Aadhaar no is no more valid.Their phone lines are not operating.What a person under the cicumstances can DO!!

Man with golden shirt, Datta Phuge pounded to death
Millionaire money-lender, Datta D Phuge, famous as 'Pimpri Goldman' was found clobbered to death near Dighi here on early Friday morning, police said.
 
The high-profile businessman's vehicle was accosted by some unknown persons on the outskirts of the city late on Thursday night.
 
They reportedly dragged him out, attacked him with a sickle and then pounded him to death with huge stones before fleeing from the spot.
 
Phuge usually moved around with armed private bodyguards, but it is not clear where they were at the time of the incident.
 
Officials later came across a much-mangled head and body of the 35-year old 'gold man', whose wife is Seema is an ex-municipal corporator.
 
The motive behind the killing is not known, but police preliminary suspect it may be linked to some business rivalries and are investigating all angles.
 
The police have recovered the sickle used in the crime and have sent Phuge's body for an autopsy.
 
In late 2012, Phuge shot into global limelight after he stitched an opulent Rs 10 million (Rs one crore) 22-carat pure gold shirt which came decorated with six glittering Swarovski crystal buttons and an accompanying flashy gold belt in a matching design.
 
Besides his primary business of lending money, he ran the Vakratund Chit Fund Pvt. Ltd. along with his wife and there were complaints of financial misappropriation against him in recent times.
 
The Pune Police have launched a manhunt to nab the assailants, roadblocks erected at all exit points and within the city limits as well as district boundaries.
 
At that time (2012), his shirt was billed as 'most expensive' in the world, weighing around 3.5 kg pure gold and 'stitched' by the famous Ranka Jewellers of Pune.
 
The "golden shirt' has over 14,000 gold flowers intertwined with 100,000-plus spangles sewn on a base of fine velvet, is described as easy and comfortable to wear like any normal clothes.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Mahesh Aladi

9 months ago

gariboke paise dakarenge to halat asihi hogi datta phuge jaisi eow pe hame bharosa hai jo bhi compnay ho unki property bechake logoka paise jald se jald degi

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