That’s what the Aadhaar Act is. It was rightly categorised as a money bill and is wrongly expected to double up as a privacy statute
There is reason to wonder if this law is intended to be taken seriously, except in getting everyone on the data base, making it a scheme to number the population, and giving extraordinary powers to the UIDAI.
The problem is that Aadhaar was never about individual choice, and was never intended to be voluntary.
Concerns over data security and privacy in the programme must be addressed.
Sold as a voluntary facility, Aadhaar is turning coercive — despite judicial intervention.
The 2013 order had clarified that no person shall be deprived of any benefit or service for want of an Aadhaar card.
How direct benefit transfers have run into implementation hurdles.
Procedure and devices have been reported to be one the major weaknessess of Aadhaar project.
DDG Ashok Dalwai, in-charge of the Bangalore tech centre which handles the backend operations of the project, too has been with the Authority for several years.
About 68 crore people enrolled currently, over 50 crore in queue.
“We have to identify who is Indian citizen and who is not,” said Singh.
It is reassuring that the Modi government is moving to take ownership of the transformative programme
The ministers discussed suggestion of merging NPR and Aadhaar scheme.
Many other committees like those on Political, Economic and Parliamentary Affairs are likely to witness changes
Chidambaram refused to comment on the subject and Nilekani could not be reached for comments.