Does Aadhar really help in targeting of Subsidies?
Nandan Nilekani seems to be hell bent on convincing the aam junta about the pseudo-benefits of Aadhar scheme (being implemented by Unique Identification Authority of India). Although, he happens to be an honourable man, a very successful entrepreneur and a huge motivation for Indian middle class, but there’s no denial that his strong credentials have overshadowed the fallibilities of the UID project. We common citizens of this nation have failed to see through the much hyped publicity about technology and are accepting this initiative that is on its way to prove itself good-for-nothing. Now it’s high time that you rethink before giving a thumbs-up to the Central Government’s decision and feel your privacy being secured.
Let’s begin with one of the basic objectives of UIDAI. Mr.Nilekani’s website says, “We believe that the tangible benefits in terms of the Aadhaar enabling meaningful financial inclusion and savings from lower leakages from the government’s benefits transfer system should start becoming visible in 2014. “ According to UIDAI, Aadhar aims to bring in more transparency and inclusion of the poorest of the poor when it comes to direct cash transfer of subsidies of government benefits.
This is easier said than done. The question one needs to ask is “How?” What people must understand here is Aadhar does not provide an identity. It merely consolidates the data in other documents and maps it to the biometrics (fingerprints and iris) of that person. Thus if a person previously did not have any valid identification document, he/she will not be issued an Aadhar card.
Now, another serious issue is raised even for the people having valid IDs. As per the rule of Central Government, they will not be entitled to subsidiaries unless they have an Aadhar card. Consider a family of five where three have been able to issue Aadhar card and the other two weren’t due to some logistics problem. The family will receive subsidies for three and not five, for no fault of theirs. Because of the lack of organization in this complex operation, the plan may backfire and deprive many of their rightful subsidies.
India has been facing problems because of illegal immigrants from Burma, Bangladesh and Pakistan for a very long time. There’s no denial that many people cross the by betraying the watchful eye of BSF and make a settlement in India. In many cases, they are somehow able to make fake identities, get jobs and enjoy the subsidiary benefits of the government. Well, at first glance it may seem a good deed of charity using taxpayers’ money, but should it compromise the rights of poor Indians? The so called refugees and immigrants can make Aadhar cards using their fake documents which will add another layer of protection to their fake identities. Can the Government cope up with this large number of illegal residents in the future? The UPA seems to be of the opinion ki uske baap ka raaj hai!
We have already discussed in details the privacy issues that are raised in collecting biometric data in our previous articles. Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a prominent MP of Rajya Sabha is on a mission to educate people about the shortcomings of the Aadhar project. It is not at all justified that we as citizens of this country just sit back and let the stone roll in favour of illegal immigrants. It is high time that to open our eyes and make people around us aware of what actually is going on.
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