AADHAAR


Moneylife Digital Team 11 July 2013
Now, you need not have an Aadhaar number to avail any benefits from Employee Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). Other than EPFO, schemes under ESIC have also been excluded from Centre’s direct benefit transfer (DBT) programme. Since Aadhaar has been introduced for distributing subsidies and...

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Sandeep Khurana Sandeep Khurana 11 January 2013
UK scrapped in 2010, its The Identity Cards Act, 2006, that was Aadhaar’s equivalent and aimed to capture 50 key data about each individual, including fingerprints, facial scan, iris scan and more. It did enough deliberations on the issue almost around same time as India. Reason for...

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Sandeep Khurana Sandeep Khurana 10 January 2013
By creating a lucrative database under UID, we are creating incentives for the wrong interests—from hackers to enemy nations. The world has studied, debated and moved on from the idea of unified personal ID. Indians should not allow ourselves to be the guinea pigs of some thoughtless “thought...

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Mathew Thomas 28 December 2012
The Indian government, the PM and Nilekani have chosen to ignore the Parliamentary Committee's report on UID. They have continued to implement the UID scheme with greater vigour. Their disdain for the Committee report establishes their arbitrariness and they have given to the “Rule of Law”

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Dr Samir Kelekar Dr Samir Kelekar 27 December 2012
There is a distinct difference between identification and authentication. Worldwide, biometrics is mainly used for identification rather than authentication when the sample size is large. Yet, in India, the government and the UIDAI are trying hard to use the UID number for both identification...

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Gopal Krishna Gopal Krishna 26 December 2012
NPR, NATGRID, NCTC and UID are unfolding without any legal mandate. It appears UID was, and remains, an attention diversion exercise. The real work is being done by Home Ministry to establish the world’s biggest surveillance database regime, with the active assistance of other willing players

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Vickram Crishna 24 December 2012
Leakages in social welfare, for instance, are already being tackled successfully through both technological and social means, and the convenience of easy shopping can be achieved through much less dangerous and locally valid means than the creation of a national database. This is the sixth...

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VK Somasekhar 21 December 2012
No scheme or subsidy can be free and open-ended. The facts hidden are that there would be some fees levied for each transaction that would be a burden on the citizens without option of retracing as it is already introduced. This is the fifth part of a nine-part series on the unique...

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Mathew Thomas 20 December 2012
Every year foodgrain worth thousands of crores rot due to lack of storage facility because the Indian government says there is no money. Where should the priority be—in spending whatever the little money available to build storage or embark on a fancy UID scheme? This is the fourth part of a...

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Mathew Thomas 19 December 2012
Neither LPG nor any other subsidy leakage would be reduced though the use of UID. All that would happen is untold misery for the subsidy recipient. This is the third part of a nine-part series on the unique identification number scheme and its possible misuse by politicians, bureaucrats and...

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VK Somasekhar 18 December 2012
Government pursuing UID discreetly without answering Parliament or doubts of citizens is leading to the fear that apart from sacrificing the interests of citizens, this humungous scandal when exposed and revealed will have dangerous consequences and unrest amongst people. The plight of those...

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Mathew Thomas 17 December 2012
Attaching numbers to people, digitizing their data, and storing these in databases is the modern IT way of branding people, so that those who ‘misbehave’ could be tracked and tackled. This is the first part of a nine-part series on the unique identification number scheme and its possible...

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Mathew Thomas 15 March 2012
How can any office of the government pay taxpayers’ money to private companies and not disclose the contracts to taxpayers? In response to a RTI (Right to Information) query seeking copies of the Unique Identification Authority of India’s (UIDAI) contracts with four private companies—two...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 March 2012
UIDAI is currently working under an executive order as the Bill was rejected by the Parliamentary panel in view of lack of proper groundwork, unjustified cost, and instance failure of such exercises in other countries New Delhi: The government will introduce a bill during the Monsoon...

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Moneylife Digital Team 24 January 2012
According to the UIDAI study, it has been affirmed that the authority’s biometric enrolment system is ready to handle high throughput of up to 10 lakh registrations per day and has 99.965% accuracy in terms of duplication detection New Delhi: Dispelling fears that the biometric technology...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 November 2011
The Nandan Nilekani-led UIDAI wanted to issue Aadhaar cards instead of the laminated letter mentioning the UID number. However, all of a sudden, it has cancelled its tender issued for printing of Aadhaar cards without giving any reason The Unique Identification Authority of India...

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Moneylife Digital Team 29 September 2011
The issue came up after Planning Commission reportedly expressed concerns that UIDAI is departing from set government procedures and suggested a re-look into its structures New Delhi: Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI) chief Nandan Nilekani today asserted that...

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Moneylife Digital Team 07 July 2011
'Aadhaar' is a government scheme and has the potential to be the biggest scandal ever that would dwarf all other such swindles that have become public knowledge thus far Some Bengaluru-based prominent citizens has issued legal notices to the Unique Identification Authority of India...

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While there are still concerns about privacy, those who have gone to register for the UID number have found the enrolment process more like a punishment  The much-hyped, ambitious project of the Union government, the biometrics-based unique identification number (UIDN) programme has...

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Samir Kelekar Samir Kelekar 10 January 2011
Students at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore raised questions on the huge cost of the newly-launched unique identification project, the security of the system and what was being done to prevent its possible misuse, but they got no clear answer In the Indian Institute of...

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