Aadhaar will help combat corruption, says Nandan Nilekani

Nilekani said Congress party is dedicated to long term reforms and his tenure so far in government has been fully supportive.

New Delhi | Published:January 13, 2014 9:14 pm
The Congress is likely to field Nilekani from Bangalore South, a middle-class centric constituency, known for its antipathy towards Congress since the late 1970s, from where BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar has won five times. The Congress is likely to field Nilekani from Bangalore South, a middle-class centric constituency, known for its antipathy towards Congress since the late 1970s, from where BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar has won five times.

Aadhaar will provide a big platform to fight corruption, said UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani, who is expected to contest forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on Congress ticket. “I want to really emphasise that Aadhar platform is the biggest anti-corruption platform in the world. And we must recognise the value of it as an anti-corruption platform,” Nikelani said during an event. Nilekani said Aadhaar has more than 55 crore people into its enrolment and in the next few months it will cross the 60-crore mark.

“In the next few months we will cross 60 crore. 60 crore Aadhaar is the commitment that this government made in August of 2009 and that commitment has been met. But apart from the 55 crore Aadhaar, we have more than 5 crore people who have linked their bank account to the Aadhaar number,” he added. He also said that more than five crore people have linked their bank accounts with Aadhaar number and in the last few months the government has done more than four crore transaction into people’s accounts electronically in real time.

“So what you see here is not only world’s largest digital ID system but also the world’s largest Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system which is now getting scaled up. It is also a very important system for Know Your Customer (KYC). “Now with Aadhaar number, you can open a bank account in real time without documents,” he said. Nikelani, who had last week announced to contest elections in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls said that he will be willing to stand for Congress ticker.

“I have already said that if the Congress gives me a ticket, I will stand for election…all I have said is that I am ready to stand on a congress ticket,” Nilekani said. The Congress is likely to field Nilekani from Bangalore South, a middle-class centric constituency, known for its antipathy towards Congress since the late 1970s, from where BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar has won five times. Nilekani said that Congress is a party that is dedicated to long term reforms and his tenure so far in the government has been fully supportive.

“I think Congress is a party dedicated to long term reforms. And certainly, in my five years in government, it has given me total support to implement such a sophisticated project,” he added.

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    Laxmi Awasthi
    Jan 14, 2014 at 7:51 am
    Nandan Nilekani and his team done a tremendous job. As per his claim Aadhar is the biggest anti corruption platform in the world. Now, it time for our delivery management system to ensure that fruits of Nilekani's work reaches to last man.
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      pawan kumar
      Jan 14, 2014 at 11:38 am
      About many people have with the aadhar cards. but not all the ways still millions of people without aadhar cards.So we need to get everybody UID card...........
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        Rajesh
        Jan 15, 2014 at 2:49 am
        Aadhar is bull as it is not yet approved by the parliment, and data is not secure and government does not own the data and currently is not store or kept in india, instead it is kept in some other nation putting our basic ideny at risk. There were similar biometrics id card drafted in like Great Britan but were withdrawn after lot of considerations. and with all this issues unresolve going ahead with Aadhar enrolment is a big mistake which will put our privicy and private data at risk and it may be available for a cost in future for companies or individuals who are intrested in that data.
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          Umesh Khanna
          Jan 14, 2014 at 3:22 am
          what about people with 2 aadhar cards? and millions without aadhar cards...... all this card shard lacks implementation at gr roots . The BPL lines have very fed well crowd using down from 2 /3 wheelers.... the real beneficiary remain where they are ,,, bottom of the ladder
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