A simple Google search shows that the personal information, including Aadhaar numbers and bank account details, has simply not been secured properly.
From mandatory Aadhaar and compromised tribunals to opaque political funding, this year’s Finance Bill has it all.
Reports say the Centre has proposed this rule through an amendment to the Finance Bill.
From women empowerment to soil health, the UID project, now more than ever, has become a crucial component of the Modi government’s governance agenda.
Just days after it announced that Aadhaar will be compulsory for children to access the mid-day meal scheme, the government announced two more such orders.
The noted economist says the government notification making Aadhaar mandatory for mid-day meals is illegal and will cause disruption.
The Right to Food Campaign responds to the HRD ministry’s recent mandate on linking Aadhaar with the mid-day meal scheme.
Students and cooks have been given time until June 30 to enrol for an Aadhaar number.
Although the National Food Security Act has increased the effective food security coverage, a household survey has revealed exclusion errors and problems of linkages of ration cards with Aadhaar.
Why was the Delhi police and not a national investigation agency roped in to probe what may be the first publicly-known misuse of biometrics by an authorised agency?
From Paytm to UID – from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs to leading insurance and telecom companies – India Inc and the government are prone to poor design choices and sloppy programming.
When ruling on the petition filed by Jairam Ramesh challenging passing the Aadhaar Act as a money Bill, the court has differing precedents to look at.
Many of the existing benefits and beneficiaries have failed to find protection under the Act, which is limited only to the distribution aspects, ignoring several vital elements such as agriculture, climate change and farmer’s rights.
Despite repeated reminders from courts that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory, government violations continue.
The court was responding to a petition from a Channapatna-based tailor who had raised concerns over the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for PDS.
There is no evidence to show that introducing Aadhaar identification into the employment guarantee Act will reduce corruption, while chances are it will increase the struggles of vulnerable citizens.
Far from the UBI schemes proposed in advanced economies, in India it’s a question of whether the Centre can juggle its finances and find a better way of delivering welfare.
Even when several government departments and ministries collect data across institutions and other stakeholders, these are not in line with standard definitions.
Notifications for the MGNREGA and EPS programmes show the effect of new UIDAI regulations and how mandatory requirements are carefully couched so as to not openly violate the Supreme Court’s order.
As we hurtle towards being an Aadhaar nation, it is imperative that a legal framework, to protect our cherished rights to security and life, is created.
While January – March 2017 will be a voluntary trial phase, Aadhaar verification will be mandatory for senior citizen discounts from next April.
The three month extension of free data is Jio’s way of dealing with abundant quality of service issues, a failing hardware strategy and second SIM syndrome.
The new system has been ineffective in countering issues with implementation and corruption, and its inflexibility has created hurdles in availing benefits.
On October 7, the Supreme Court will begin to hear long-pending petitions that deal with a number of issues surrounding the biometric authentication system.
The court also essentially reaffirms that the Aadhaar scheme is completely voluntary, until it eventually decides one way or the other.
The government is banking on mainstream acceptance of the biometric authentication system before the next court hearing.
Given the negative impact biometric point of sales machines have had in Jharkhand and Rajasthan, the group urged Bihar to continue its own PDS reforms.
According to economist Jean Drèze, even those with Aadhaar cards are often denied rations because machines do not recognise their fingerprints or run into other technological glitches.
While the Aadhaar project is economically beneficial for the government, it is possible that its initially stated goals could have been achieved with cheaper and less intrusive technologies.
The massive data-driven governance project brings focus on the efficiency of government schools, data privacy and the role of Aadhaar in technology-driven development.
Asaduddin Owaisi contended that amending the FCRA, which is under domain of the home ministry, was against the provisions of the Constitution.
Duplication of accounts, account dormancy and the financial unsustainability of the Bank Mitra model. While the Jan Dhan Yojana may be one of the most exhaustive financial inclusion processes to date, there’s still more to be done.
Boosting welfare is the message, which is how Aadhaar is being presented in India. The Aadhaar system as a medium, however, is one that enables tracking, surveillance, and data monetisation.
A round-up of news and issues from the world of work
With this, the controversy over treating Aadhaar as a money bill has taken a new turn as it is generally believed that the Speaker of the Lok Sabha has the final say in the matter.
A round-up of news and issues from the world of work
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
The questions and criticism of the Aadhaar initiative are often generated from an inadequate understanding of the programme, say two UIDAI team members.
The new Aadhaar Bill does not address many issues raised by the standing committee that reviewed the original bill, including data-collection irregularities, and privacy and security issues.
The move by the Narendra Modi-led government to introduce the Aadhaar Bill as a money bill has got politicians, constitutional experts and rights activists worried.