Aadhar - A costly IT blunder !

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

If there was any country with true democracy it must have got to be India. As with any other system , Even the worlds biggest democracy is only as good as the least moral politician/administrator. India is also known throughout the ages for spiritual democracy as well. Never have the world witnessed a country with such diverse believes and culture. There were so many million ways in which you could attain the ultimate state of being human. They even invented the original name for the sacred experience . Nirvana. The only way you can explain it is to call it unexplainable. Such was the the rich cultural heritage that we even identified the real nature of our selves. That we are not merely the labels. We are not the name , we are not the labels that we are known with , that we are not defined even by what we do. Such is our cultural heritage that we are even large hearted enough to let grow such retarded and stunted people to govern us. India the land of a million and one culturally vibrant and originally creative ingenuity now needs so many ways to identify yourself to the government

Who am I ? 

The never ending question of ones identity. It is almost impossible to objectively identify your identity to some definition. It keeps changing and evolving. but for all convenience and governance, government need to issue me an Identity card. To identify to even myself that I am a real person, that my name is so and so ! So complicated is this identification process that even a letter changed would make me a different person altogether. So in India just like any other country, the biggest and most original asset is actually your own identity in the form of cards. The real person is not important, his name and identity card is more important. Today I cant answer about my identity simply with just one identity card, Each day government needs new identity card. Earlier a ration card would be enough. Today I need ration card, My Voter id card, Passport , Driving license. The list is endless. Now there is one more Aadhar

What is Aadhar card 

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is an agency of the Government of India responsible for implementing the AADHAAR scheme, a unique identification project. The agency, which enjoys no legal backing,was established in February 2009, and will own and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority aims to provide a unique id number to all Indians, but not smart cards. The authority will maintain a database of residents containing biometric and other data.
The agency is headed by a chairman, who holds a cabinet rank. The UIDAI is part of the Planning Commission of India. Nandan Nilekani, former co-chairman of Infosys Technologies, was appointed as the first Chairman of the authority in June 2009. Vijay S Madan, an IAS Officer, joined as the Director General and Mission Director of the Unique Identification Authority of India on 1 April 2013 . He replaced Ram Sewak Sharma, who has moved to Jharkhand as the chief secretary of the state

Aadhaar is a 12-digit supposedly unique number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will issue for all residents. The number will be stored in a centralized database and linked to the basic demographics and bio metric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual.[9] The Aadhaar data collection programme is the largest biometric data collection programme in the world without any data protection law or data protection authority to provide any privacy safeguards.[10] Rattled by the Supreme Court ruling on Aadhaar, the Government of India is looking for statutory cover for the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which has been operating through an executive order for the past four years after the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance had termed the executive decision “unethical and violative of Parliament prerogatives” in December 2011. The Ministry of Planning had also shockingly admitted to the parliamentary panel that no committee had been constituted to study the financial implications of the Unique Identification Authority(UID) scheme and it was given a go-ahead without a detailed project report.[11] The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has also slammed the Aadhar and said it is not credible proof of residence. The security establishment was severely critical of the UIDAI’s introducer system where anyone with an Aadhaar number can introduce others without any documentation to get the identity number. This means that a person can introduce someone, say a terrorist, with a fake name and address.

India is only the second largest population in the world, With China's strict and aggressive family planning I assume India will soon have a human resource tragedy. So many of them being born every single day without even thinking about the future of our country. India is not the India shining as it was projected by so many previous and current governments, India is poverty, ignorance and illiteracy for most of the part. Aadhar card is a very costly excercise with no direct and evident benefit apart from taking a census of  potential votebank.

It is nothing but a costly political data analysis. Sort of big data approach to democracy. May be political corporations found out big machines to analyze the data you will get with Biometric analysis and formulate election strategies. Before your laugh it off, just remember that Indians are sizeable force in information technology. and with very huge IT companies and large talent pool in India, It just about might be a possibility.

Ideally we must just have one single identity card. I already have a passport, I have a drivers license, even ration card and certificates of education too. Still Government asks me to take Aadhar card. But this aadhar card is so flawed in process of identifying a person also. There is no verification process. Simply taking the iris , finger prints thats all. Just to think that private agencies have been outsourced proves how fundementally flawed and inadequate this system is

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