Aadhaar must for benefits under govt’s TB control scheme

The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) under the National Health Mission aims at promotion of universal access to tuberculosis (TB) care with early diagnosis and regular treatment completion.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: June 21, 2017 5:21 pm
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People suffering from tuberculosis will have to mandatorily submit their Aadhaar number to avail benefits under a central government scheme. A notification in this regard has been issued by the Union health ministry, which also asked those who do not have Aadhaar card to get themselves enrolled by August 31.

“An individual eligible to receive the benefit under the scheme (the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme-RNTCP) is, hereby, required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication,” the notification said.

The health ministry will offer Aadhaar enrolment facilities for those who do not have an Aadhaar number. In case, there is no Aadhaar enrollment centre located in the respective block or taluka or tehsil, the department in the state government will provide enrolment facilities at convenient locations in coordination with the UIDAI.

The notification further says that the scheme offers conditional cash assistance as a benefit.

Till a patient gets the Aadhaar number, he or she can avail the benefits with the help of Aadhaar enrolment ID slip, a copy of the request made for Aadhaar enrolment or other government documents such as voter identity card, PAN card, bank passbook, ration card among others.

“This notification will come into effect from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette in all the states and Union territory Administrations except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.

The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) under the National Health Mission aims at promotion of universal access to tuberculosis (TB) care with early diagnosis and regular treatment completion.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that tuberculosis epidemic in India was “larger” than what had been previously estimated and asserted that the country was one of six nations which accounted for 60 per cent of the new cases in 2015.

According to reports, the prevalence of TB in India was at 217 per 1,00,000 population in 2015 as against the previously estimated 127.

The government has pledged its commitment to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the global goal to reduce the number of such deaths by 90 per cent by 2030.

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    Oct 11, 2017 at 6:56 am
    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. 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. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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      Oct 11, 2017 at 6:55 am
      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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        Oct 11, 2017 at 6:55 am
        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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          Hanuman
          Jun 21, 2017 at 9:31 pm
          What? Next will be perhaps no treatment at hospitals without aadhaar?
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            vineeth
            Jun 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm
            Wah! First fine and imprisonment (ITR), and now death for refusing Aadhaar.
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