Having become the chairman of the Unique Identity Development Authority of India with a Cabinet ministers rank,Infosys co-founder and former CEO Nandan Nilekani has logged out of his blog and Twitter accounts.
Nilekani,who began his Imagining India blog and Twitter accounts in the run up to the release and subsequent promotion of his book Imagining India,signed off from his blog on July 23 and provided a last post on Twitter linking up to the final blog on July 24.
In my new role,I can no longer comment on government policy. So this means the end of this blog. The blogging format was new to me,and I greatly enjoyed writing here and listening to your thoughts these past few months, Nilekani who assumed office as the UIDAI chairman on July 23 said in the final blog.
Answering questions as to why he accepted the appointment of the UIDAI chairman,Nilekani says he saw the opportunity to head the authority as a chance to enable ideas he has supported for a long time.
I have long been a champion of a reform approach that is inclusive of the poor,and in my book,I described unique identity as one of the key steps for achieving this goal, he states. The unique ID number can go a long way in enabling direct benefits,fixing weak public delivery systems,giving the poor access to better healthcare,education,and welfare safety nets,he stated.
Since the UIDAI aims to enable a people-centric approach to governance,I will approach the rollout of the initiative in the same way, Nilekani says in the blog.
Responding to offers by people to volunteer for the project the UIDAI chairman has said the authority will soon be setting up a website that will chart out ways for people to volunteer and engage with the project. I hope that together,we will be able to make this initiative an enormous success, he said.