AADHAAR


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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Samir Kelekar Samir Kelekar 07 December 2010
The average Indian has much more serious problems to attend to, like making both ends meet, or how to procure high-priced essentials, or get decent health care, and the hugely expensive UID programme isn’t going to make any difference about this Thanks to a pliant media (and through the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 25 November 2010
According to the UIDAI chief,  the UID number will create a much more ‘open’ marketplace, where ‘hundreds of millions of people’ who were shut out of services will now be able to access them The truth is finally out. In case you were wondering why the government and big corporates are...

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Moneylife Digital Team 15 November 2010
Spending very little or no money at all on independent research or developing biometric solutions, the UIDAI is partnering with companies which have proprietary technologies and upfront loyalties with foreign governments While the atmosphere in the country is revolving around 'clean'...

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Moneylife Digital Team 04 November 2010
The UIDAI has rolled out its ambitious UID or Aadhaar project. However, there is no information or update about the progress of Aadhaar, except from Mr Nilekani who said the same would be made available in two weeks.  Nandan Nilekani-led Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI),...

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Samir Kelekar Samir Kelekar 01 September 2010
It is important that the UID project be halted and a committee be appointed to look into the various issues plaguing the project; further, a thorough feasibility and impact assessment study is needed before more taxpayer money is spent on this venture Today's Hindustan Times carries an...

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Moneylife Digital Team 26 August 2010
A meeting of civil society groups from across the country trashed the government’s ambitious UID scheme, saying it is deeply undemocratic, expensive and fraught with unforeseen consequences The government is set to issue the first set of unique identities (UID) to about 100 million people...

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Ram Krishnaswamy  and   Vickram Crishna 29 July 2010
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...

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Moneylife Digital Team 01 July 2010
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...

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