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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    Ramakishore Boindala

    2 years ago

    My mother aged 89 yrs drawing pension from AP subtreasury Kurnool since 5 yrs. Every year we have been submitting her Annual Verification Certificate attested by a Gazzetted officer . This year AP Govt. insisted upon sending Digital Annual Verification Certificate through AP Treasury portal matching the finger prints with Aadhaar . Since my mother is bedridden we cannot take her to any nearby agency that captures the finger prints and generate AVC . As there is an option to do the same at home with specified finger print scanners we have purchased one such device and tried to capture her middle finger print since all other fingers have worn out to obtain consecutive finger prints . But whatever finger print we captured when tried to match with Aadhaar it gives a message MISMATCH . Now we have no other option left . With no Digital Verification we cannot submit AVC which means my mother will not get her pension from Next month . Since I am also retired I don't know how I will have to manage her Medical expenses and other consumables for my aged mother . What responsibility the AP Govt. is going to take for all those old people who cannot submit the Digital Certificate due to old age or mismatch of Biometrics. I sent letters to Sub-treasury Kurnool as well as Directorate of treasuries AP at Ibrahimpatnam Vijayawada and also an email to [email protected] but no response so far . While they allow swindlers like VijayMallya to go scot-free they take extra precautions to give a meager pensions to old people who are not in a position to move about. Who can stand for them .

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    Sucheta Dalal

    In Reply to Ramakishore Boindala 2 years ago

    Sir . Aadhar is not yet mandatory and daily hearings are on in the supreme court. If you insist forcefully and check formats for written objection, they will certainly accept it this year for sure. We dont know what will happen after the SC judgement.

    M Haridas

    In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 2 years ago

    My Q has remained unanswered. First has all the bank accounts , Fix Deposits, Bank Lockers, Policies, Shares, Bonds and Debentures starting from President , PM, Cabinet Ministers, MPs, MLAs, CMs, Guvs, Lt Guvs, Ambanis, Adanis, Godrej, Tata , CMD downward of all PSU/ Pvt banks, CVC, CEC, CIC, RBI guv and their own staff have been linked with Aadhar? Have Big Bee, King Khan, Bharat Ratna Sachin and such others have their Aadhar linked to their bank accounts, policies incl their Foreign Accounts in the National Interests? We know now that 1% of Ambanis, Adanis, Tata, Neera, Big Bees etc holding 78% of the national wealth. And they are the ones having govt at the centre and even in the states buy election bond Benami IN THE NATIONAL INTERESTS and give those bonds benami to their loyal kutte kawe tote myne political parties. They only get contract killers to kill Judge Loya or Gauri Lankesh and hence are exempted from any such pitli Aadhar Linking. There is no National Interest. It has a hidden agenda or else how could RJio could have been so confident that they got PM 's photo for advt and gave Free SIM against Aadhar Card. If SC ( i do not think SC judges are anything better than our corrupt spineless politicians, bureaucrats, Tota, Myna, Kutte, Kawe , gives an adverse order on Aadhar what will happen to more than crore RJio SIM which are issued against Aadhar only. This Modi Govt, not for National Security blah blah blah is fighting for Ambani's interest and ready to buy Judges for giving them lucrative post retirement jobs. We must get united against Nexus between Ambanis, Political Executives and even our LordSheeeeeps..they are the Enemies Within.

    M Haridas

    2 years ago

    What exactly Aadhar link to my bank ac wll do? I have 4 savings bank ac, one current bank ac and 12 Term Deposit ac. If i go by the Govt order and the SMS being sent by my banks and my Mobile / Landline operators i am bound to link each one with Aadhar. Pause. A few years down the line when my LPG connection was shifted from Army Supply Depot LPG Agency to one Ms Anuradha at Karkhana Secbad and subsidy was directly linked to my saving ac i gave this very mob no and my Pension savings ac no for direct transfer. It was wkg fine. But since this hungama was created my subsidy is being paid atleast two of my savings ac alternatively or in the most adhoc manner. Who is manning this? How my subsidy is getting paid in one ac which is not listed with LPG company / govt. It is already messed up. For bank it is the PAN which matters. If PAN cards were issued more than one to one indv it can be rectified if the intention is not politicking.

    Anupam Naik

    3 years 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

    3 years 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

    3 years 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

    3 years 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

    3 years 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!!

    Black money: SIT for ban on cash transactions over Rs3 lakh
    In order to tackle black money, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has recommended a total ban on cash transactions above Rs300,000 and an act be framed to declare such transactions as illegal and punishable under law, an official statement said here on Thursday.
     
    The fifth SIT report has been submitted before the Supreme Court by the SIT.
     
    “The SIT has felt that large amount of unaccounted wealth is stored and used in form of cash. Having considered the provisions which exist in this regard in various countries and also having considered various reports and observations of courts regarding cash transactions the SIT felt that there is a need to put an upper limit to cash transactions,” the statement said.
     
    Regarding cash holding it said: “SIT has suggested an upper limit of Rs15 lakh on cash holding.”
     
    Further, it said in case any person or industry requires holding more cash, “it may obtain necessary permission from the Commissioner of Income tax of the area.”
     
    It has also invited suggestions from the public on the recommendations.
     
    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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    MAHENDRA ISLANIYA

    3 years ago

    Respected SIT member there are lakhs & crores rupees transaction done by Construction industry -Home builders,Where parallel Cash Economy is still exist & this is the reason Cash generation utmost important to build up by Public of this large Nation,What solution do you have to curb this Practice? Target root cause of Black Money Hoarders -operator -Builders ,than device a system of 3 lakh & 5 lakh Cash limit based on funny idea?

    Ethics, moral science must be taught in schools
    In the recent past a theft of a camera, an iPod and cash took place in my younger daughter's house in rural Maharashtra. The finger of suspicion fell on a Class 8 student from a good local school. He lived nearby and came often to my daughter's house during her absence since his dog loved to play with my daughter's dog and the maid would allow him to play inside the house.
     
    On questioning by police he admitted to the theft and then dropped a bombshell: Most students in his class regularly indulged in stealing electronic gadgets like smart phones and cameras and sold these to local shop owners. It was like a game for them and they would compare notes on who stole the best gadget. It turned out they also indulged in drinking and causing serious physical violence.
     
    Such behavior is not unique to our small rural town. It is happening all over the country. What type of children are we raising in our society? These children, when they become adults, get into bigger crimes and mind you, these children were studying in a good school in our town of Phaltan.
     
    This was extremely depressing and I started wondering about how we can create such conditions in schools that these kinds of traits don't develop in children.
     
    I think in the race to make the children cram knowledge (and sometimes useless knowledge) we have lost the art of teaching moral science to them and have them imbibe ethical behavior.
     
    If the children are taught ethics and morality as a part of all courses, then even 5-6 hours they spend in school may help in changing their character. This is true since very few parents have the time to spend with their children and feel that their work is over when the children are either sent to coaching classes or show that they are studying late doing their homework. The general discussion on what is right or wrong and ethics is rarely conducted. So they learn the risqué behavior mostly from their peers.
     
    How can we mould these children for better behavior? Partly by making education very enjoyable. Today it is mostly rote learning and passing of examinations. If we engage the students thoroughly in the class with interesting hands-on work and experiments, then they will have less time to think about criminal things.
     
    In some of the great schools all over the world, students make things through 3D printers and are engaged in other activities which not only occupy their time but also help them learn about physics, chemistry, mathematics and other subjects in an enjoyable way.
     
    However, for this to happen we need great teachers who love to teach and inspire students. At present the whole teaching system in India is based upon the principle "Those who cannot - teach."
     
    Even with very good pay for teachers we rarely get great teachers. I feel one can never hire teachers - they are born that way. The trick is to identify them in every walk of life and maybe induce them to join the teaching profession.
     
    Since most people involved in teaching are doing so only for a living, it becomes very easy for them to focus only on curriculum and nothing else. This creates a regime which only emphasises on passing examinations.
     
    Yet, with new technologies of 3D printing, reasonably priced materials and the internet et al, one can teach students in such a way that learning becomes enjoyable.
     
    My daughter teaches English and science in Kamala Nimbkar Bal Bhavan in Phaltan. She teaches 7th and 8th grade students English through movie making. She has taught them to make short videos which they upload on YouTube. They have become so interested in making them that they spend a lot of time on the Internet searching for themes, music and the like. This creativity bug keeps them very busy and they don't spend much time chatting on social networks.
     
    Another problem in India is that even if you want to teach and have a flair for it, you cannot do so till you have a B.Ed. degree. This is especially true for government-aided schools.
     
    There is no problem in doing a B.Ed., but its course work is boring, horrible and hardly teaches anything - let alone how to become a good teacher. So, one can imagine what type of teachers we are producing. These are the teachers in schools in rural areas where the major portion of Indian population lives.
     
    We should reduce the bureaucratic hold on the school system and allow innovation and creativity to flower. This may help in getting a large number of motivated and dedicated teachers.
     
    Besides teaching the regular curriculum, we should make ethics and moral science a part of every grade. This continuous focus on morality (not religion) will help students raise their quality of thinking.
     
    During my school days we had a moral science course in every grade. Though some of the material was Christian-oriented (it being a missionary school), one book that had a great impact on my young mind was on Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer. His life in African jungles and his missionary work in treating the poorest had a great impact on me.
     
    I am sure such inspiring stories of Indians and others will ignite the young minds. Alongside, the teaching of Indian classics will expose children to noble ideas-something the electronic or print media cannot provide.
     
    The question is: Who will bell the cat?
     
    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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    Dipakkumar J Shah

    3 years ago

    If , if only you have carried our in spirit , ethically , in principle and morally principle. Let me take you to factual things about Justices in High Court of Gujarat. Oath is taken to abide constitution , law , impartial and much more. But I have observed it is not so in practice.

    Bapoo Malcolm

    3 years ago

    We were taught Moral Science at school and college. Ethics followed naturally.

    MG Warrier

    3 years ago

    I feel sad and depressed that even the elite readers of Moneylife are not sure whether efforts to teach good behaviour will work. Some of them feel that those in leadership positions and celebrities need to lead by example by behaving themselves. One cannot fault this argument. But, the emphasis of this article, as I understand is, about saving the future generation from getting spoiled. Here, any amount of ‘preaching’ about ethics and good behaviour should be encouraged. I believe, this decade in India will be special, as there is more awareness about the areas of governance, teaching and lifestyle where correction is overdue. Let us make a beginning by talking about the changes. There is no better place than our own homes and schools to make experiments for expediting such changes.

    Dipakkumar J Shah

    3 years ago

    What are you talking about? When Justices Take Oath, to be free, frank ,impartial and much mpore.Are They ?I have seen them in last 25 years of experience. See One of them Gujarat High Court Company Petition No 17 of 1996. Wherein Fraud on record proved And Without any reasoning Approved Merger. Such Case of Fraud in accounts ,Like Satyam, Mini Satyam Never Happend in Last 150 years world over> A case of Dividend paid out of capital, illegal payment of dividend, from mere book entry of profit Against Companies Act1956!!!?? What ethicaland Moral Standards Can be expected From Justice Mr M S Shah and Also Advocate , who also practiced in this case a Chartered Accountant turned to Advocate. Noe Government pleader Mr Jayant Patel Now Justice Mr Jayant N Patel in Karnataka???

    Raykumar

    3 years ago

    i remember when i used to study in my school in Mumbai there used to a class exclusively for Moral Science which includes a text book. On this period we were taught apart from how to cross the road all the other antiquities of life. This the period which has made me what i am or else i would have behaved rudely and would have become a vagabond, who knows?

    c v manian

    3 years ago

    Home is the best place where moral values are inculcated by the children. The parents cannot wash their hands off their responsibilities. No other institution is a better teacher than observing one's own parents, who set the general standard for behaviour for children. We cannot expect school to teach moral standards, which are not followed at home. Schools are just an extension of home and hence as parents, let us be the flag bearers.

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    Prakash Bhate

    In Reply to c v manian 3 years ago

    You have hit the nail on the head. No amount of Moral Science in schools will neutralize the effect of a parent coolly crossing a red light almost every morning while dropping a child to school, or opening the window of the car and throwing an empty bottle or other trash. We see this happening everyday.

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