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.
The budget speaks of giving the UID system “statutory backing”. However, it is clear the intention is to find a way to accelerate its use, not deal with the glaring problems that have already surfaced in its rollout across the country.
Protests are mounting in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Puducherry and Chandigarh as the poor insist they prefer getting their grain entitlement at ration shops rather than via deposits into their bank accounts.
The Finance Ministry’s proposals for high-tech cash transfers as a foundation for social policy in India are fraught with dangers.
Is it morally right or legally permissible for a government to insist on the waiver of fundamental rights for accessing benefits?
When the one nationwide pension scheme for the elderly covers only a third of those eligible and is itself starved of funds, there is little sense in getting excited about Jan Dhan, Aadhaar-linked payments and mobile money.
New Delhi: People will no longer need an Aadhaar card to benefit from government welfare schemes, the Supreme Court decided today, even as it referred the wider issue of the Unique Identification (UID) programme’s impact on privacy to a Constitution Bench. The court was responding to a batch of petitions that challenged both […]
New Delhi: The Centre today urged the Supreme Court that the pleas for scrapping of government’s ambitious project to grant Aadhaar cards to all citizens be referred to a constitutional bench as they relate to issues which require authoritative pronouncement. Rohatgi also reiterated the Centre’s stand that privacy is […]
The right to privacy flows from a structural reading of the Fundamental Rights chapter, and has been established as an integral part of constitutional jurisprudence over the last 30 years.
In a society in which data can be so easily made public, how can one trust the Digital Locker to be secure?