Prime Minister to states: ‘Focus on ease of doing biz, maximise Aadhaar use’

PM Modi’s interaction was part of the National Conference of Chief Secretaries, organised by the Niti Aayog

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Published: July 11, 2017 2:33 am
Narendra Modi PM Narendra Modi

Exhorting the importance of ease of doing business in attracting investments for the states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the chief secretaries of states and union territories to accord top priority to ease of doing business. Modi’s interaction was part of the National Conference of Chief Secretaries on the theme of ‘States as Drivers for Transforming India’ — a conference organised by the Niti Aayog.

“He said ‘ease of doing business’ should be accorded top priority, and would greatly help states in attracting investment. The Prime Minister said improvement in ‘ease of doing business’ would bring in greater investment in the states. He said states have enormous untapped development potential,” an official statement noted.

Modi also underlined the need for maximum use of the 12-digit biometric identifier Aadhaar to improve governance and eliminate leakages in government schemes; and the use of government’s e-Marketplace (GeM) by August 15, saying it would provide efficiency, savings and transparency in government procurement.

Besides chief secretaries, the meeting was attended by Union Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.

Furthermore, stressing on the fact that use of technology in agriculture was imperative, Modi asked the states to work on eliminating wastage in farm produce, and focus on food processing. In particular, he called for the states to focus on agricultural reforms, and e-NAM in particular.

The Niti Aayog has drawn up an exhaustive plan for achieving the target of doubling farmers’ income in five years ending 2022-23. The main stress of the plan is on increasing the area under irrigation, diversification of crops to help farmers sow more than one crop in rain fed areas and linking the farmers to a common market through E-Nam (National Agriculture Market) for ensuring remunerative returns.

Panagariya, who also addressed the discussions, pointed out the need for shifting workers from agriculture to industry and encourage small enterprises to grow with a view to accelerate economic growth. He said that at the aggregate macro level, bringing about rapid growth is most critical as no major success in poverty alleviation is likely to happen without it.

“If we set the output per worker in agriculture equal to 1, then output per worker in industry is 5 and that in services 3.8 … In other words, even at the current productivity levels in each sector, moving one percentage-point workers out of agriculture into industry can increase the GDP by 1.5 per cent,” Panagariya said.
“Growth, job creation, shift to non-farm jobs and large firms with high productivity needed to build strong states and a strong India,” he added.

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  1. R
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    Oct 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. A centralized and interlinked database can lead to commercial abuse. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, biometrics can be faked. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. You can change your password if it is compromised. But if someone gets a copy of your biometric data, which can be used for authentication, what would you do?
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    1. R
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      Oct 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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      1. R
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        Oct 2, 2017 at 12:53 pm
        The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has no biometric details, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government does not collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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          Jul 12, 2017 at 5:57 am
          Aadhaar is the most corrupted thing to come to India after "East Indian Company"! Your fingerprints will be stolen from mobile shop, printed in transparency sheet and used to withdraw hard cash from aadhaar enabled ATM, sell your property in aadhaar enabled registration. 1. 25 lakh families in Rajasthan are unable to withdraw ration even after seeding #AADHAARFAIL with their ration card. 2. #AADHAAR authentication does not work for half billion Indians. 3. AADHAAR authentication does not work even after updating bio-metrics and waiting for 90 days 4. AADHAAR bio-metrics can be stolen, printed and used for #AADHAAR pay 5. #AADHAAR does not work for NRIs, people outside India 6. AADHAR can not be generated if a person's fingerprint matches with someone else's with 60 percentage probability. 7. Rogue government can deactivate your #AADHAAR blocking your gas, electricity, mobile, bank account 8. AADHAAR works for millions of illegals staying in India
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          1. Goyal Anandilal
            Jul 11, 2017 at 7:37 pm
            Dear ones Use Aadhar Card with evms for voting.
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              #AADHAARFAIL
              Jul 12, 2017 at 5:58 am
              Sure, just deactivate this genius's aadhaar temporarily at election day!
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              1. R
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                Oct 2, 2017 at 12:58 pm
                When large-scale biometric verification process is undertaken, a certain percentage of false rate will be there. Every biometric device comes with ratios for false positives and false negatives. So a significant number of voters will not be able to vote. We cannot conduct an election using a technology that inherently denies the voting rights of many genuine citizens. Similarly, many Aadhaar holders will be denied pension, PDS benefits and other basic rights if large-scale biometric verification process is applied. Another point is that the Aadhaar card is not a proof of Indian citizenship.
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