A centralised and inter-linked database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom.
It seems like the government is using this move to make sure children are forcefully enrolled under Aadhaar, as it has no positive effects on the mid-day meal scheme.
Despite the hardships, why do many people continue to back what most economists and analysts have termed a bad policy?
Universalising pensions and maternity benefits is a rare case of consensus between the government, economists favouring basic income and civil society groups.
Jayalalithaa’s schemes – such as her canteens and baby care kits – may appear to be populist at first glance, but are actually quite entrenched in a welfare tradition.
While the government painted a highly exaggerated picture of savings from the direct benefit transfers for LPG, the mainstream media played along with this portrayal.
We need to reboot the Aadhaar debate by asking why we want to create a centralised biometric database of Indian residents in the first place
Why has the NDA government – so loath to give any credit to the previous UPA governments on social policy – embraced one of UPA-II’s most questionable initiatives as its own, disregarding Supreme Court orders along the way?