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Jharkhand girl ‘starvation’ death: UIDAI says she and her family had Aadhaar

The Unique Identification Authority of India CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey termed the incident as "unfortunate". He asserted that this was not a case of denial of benefits because of Aadhaar, as the family had the 12-digit identifier since 2013.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 18, 2017 9:03 pm
Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI, Aadhar card, Jharkhand girl starvation death case, girl starvation death case, india news, national news, CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, latest news Photo of the deceased girl. Talking about the incident, Ajay Bhushan Pandey, said that all field agencies should also be extremely sensitive in ensuring that the benefits, subsidies or programmes flow to the grassroots.

Aadhaar-issuing body UIDAI on Wednesday said the family of the 11-year old Jharkhand girl who allegedly died of starvation had Aadhaar and stringent action should be taken against those who denied her government benefits. Activists have alleged that the 11-year-old girl in Simdega district died of starvation as her family’s ration card was cancelled as it was not linked to Aadhaar.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey termed the incident as “unfortunate”. He asserted that this was not a case of denial of benefits because of Aadhaar, as the family had the 12-digit identifier since 2013.

The Section 7 of Aadhaar Act stipulates that the benefit shall be given on the basis of Aadhaar card or authentication, he added. “The Jharkhand government has ordered a probe in the matter to find out the facts behind the unfortunate incident. I expect that person responsible for denial of benefits –inspite of Aadhaar card — will be held accountable and necessary action will be taken against such people by the state, so that it acts as a deterrent for future,” Pandey told PTI.

He further said that the Aadhaar Act was “absolutely clear” that no one would be denied benefits for lack of Aadhaar. “…Section 7 specifies that till Aadhaar number is prescribed, the benefits should be given through alternate means of identification,” he said.

Stating that the guilty should be held accountable and punished, Pandey said that all field agencies should also be extremely sensitive in ensuring that the benefits, subsidies or programmes flow to the grassroots. “…the field agencies should be sensitive to the needs of the people and ensure they do not do anything that result in denial of benefits,” he added.

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  1. Arumugam Periyasamy
    Oct 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    Inda's socioeconomic nature is very complex since poverty is because of cast system. Certain cast people were not holding wealth by heredity but certain community had this by heredity so the only way to get economic balance the community which has wealth should share with who don't have.Government can't handle this 100 , only people who privileged to have education and wealth should work for society and should take care of under privileged one for better India.
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      Saurabh
      Oct 19, 2017 at 12:01 am
      He further said that the Aadhaar Act was “absolutely clear” that no one would be denied benefits for lack of Aadhaar. “-------- This is a complete lie. BJP government has made Aadhar mandatory for everything and there is no one to stop it, not even the SC.
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        Proud Bhakt
        Oct 18, 2017 at 11:45 pm
        The little girl died due to Technical reasons. BJP State Gov and Central Govt cannot be blamed for this . Aadhar also cannot be blamed. If anyone is to be blamed , it is the Mother . She seems to have conspired with corrupt KHANgress , anti-national SICKulars and award wapsi brigade to murder her own daughter and make it a political issue .
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          Reader
          Oct 18, 2017 at 11:11 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. 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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            Reader
            Oct 18, 2017 at 11:10 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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              CrystallBall
              Oct 19, 2017 at 5:44 am
              Absolutely incorrect... You have no proper information.
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                Reader
                Oct 19, 2017 at 7:49 am
                Google: "Iden y Cards Act 2006" and "Iden y Documents Act 2010" The Iden y Cards Act 2006 was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that has since been repealed. It created national iden y cards, a personal identification document and European Union travel document, linked to a database known as the National Iden y Register (NIR), which has since been destroyed. The Iden y Documents Act 2010 is an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom which reverses the introduction of iden y cards and requires the destruction of the information held on the National Iden y Register.
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                  CrystallBall
                  Oct 19, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                  Reader you have not gone out of your house . They do have your biometric info
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                    Reader
                    Oct 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                    CrystallBall, Read and try to understand my comments before replying. The designers of Aadhaar have placed the identi-ty of Indians on vulnerable biometrics. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. 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. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. 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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                      Reader
                      Oct 19, 2017 at 9:41 pm
                      CrystallBall: Understand the difference between citizens and non-citizens. The US or UK takes your fingerprints when you go to those countries because you are NOT a citizen of that country. The US or UK DOES NOT keep a "centralized biometrics-based" database of its own citizens. Hope you understand the difference now. Moreover, Biometrics is not an exact science. It is suitable for forensic and surveillance purposes, where it is applied on a best-effort basis.
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