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Controversy surrounds India’s biometric database #UID #Aaadhar

Questions about the security of India‘s giant biometric database continue to be raised by privacy advocates By Mahima Kaul / 11 April, 2014 (Image: Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock)   Established in 2009 by executive order, the Unique Identification Number Authority of India… Continue Reading →

Aadhaar’s tryst with privacy #UID

  Usha Ramanathan It must be very embarrassing for the UIDAI. They are having to become the champions of ‘privacy’ of the persons on their database after holding on to a position that privacy was not an issue in the… Continue Reading →

How Nilekani compromised us on #Aadhaar: Now, even UIDAI worries about misuse

By R Jagannathan The 600 million Aadhaar number recipients have little legal protection now if the data falls into the wrong hands. AFP When you put the cart before the horse, you are unlikely to achieve much movement. When your… Continue Reading →

Coercive politics of ‪#‎Aadhaar‬ and GOI , affecting scholarships #UID

March 6th, 2014- Kamayani Bali Mahabal aka Kractivist What could be the unholy nexus between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).  and The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)   ? On the face of it nothing , UIDAI is trying to give Indians a supposedly unique identity and NSDC is giving skilled labour and jobs. So whats wrong here ? What happens when Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Nandan Nilekani‘s UID Number/Aadhaar project come together , they fool people under the garb of technological revolution , the unholy nexus snatches away the basic human rights . Both have started with a  facade of being voluntary on paper  but  functionally  are mandatory. How did the unholy nexus begin ? In 2008 , The Govt of India embarked upon an ambitious program , to create an institutional base for skill development in India at the national level, a “Coordinated Action on Skill Development” with  three tier institutional structure consisting – of the PM’s National Council on Skill Development, the National Skill Development Coordination Board (NSDCB) and the NSDC, which was set up as a joint venture between the government and industry lobbies to help the sector meet an acute shortage of skilled workers by providing training to millions of youngsters. It does so by partnering with vocational education centres across the country.   In 2009 the UIDAI  was established – a mammoth technology project under Nandan Nilekani, wherein the government services were to be provided, tracked and accounted for along with enabling a multitude of private sector products and services that rely on accurate and positive identification of consumers.However, the project itself is less about technology, and more about the politics and processes of providing every Indian with a Unique ID.How can Aadhaar be deemed ‘voluntary’ if service delivery is being made dependent on it? The UID project has been termed llegal and unconstitutional. As the two projects began with teething problems, in 2011  the UIDAI   signed a memorandum of understanding with NSDC  to create a pool of 300,000  trained workers for enrollment agencies of Aadhaar. According to the MOU, Enrolment agencies (of the UID) which were facing  the challenge of getting good quality manpower  adequately trained in the Aadhaar enrolment process and conversant with local language to work locally., will be provided by  NSDC through its partners . The plan was to address this challenge by developing a pool of adequately skilled and certified manpower.   How did  the coercion begin ?   NSDC claims that National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme encourages youth to voluntarily enroll in institutions by providing them an incentive of Rs 10,000 to undergo training. But really, is this voluntary ? No way, the coerrcive element is the criteria to have an aadhaar card . The scheme that is branded as  STAR  (Standard Training Assessment and Reward) aims to encourage  skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programmes, clearly under elegibility criteria states , you should have aadhaar So if you want  skill development , get aadhaar , If there is No aadhaar, there  is no rewards no skill development and no jobs . The NSDC site informs . http://nscsindia.org/FAQ.aspx   At the time of registration, it is desirable that the trainee shares the Aadhar number with the Training partner. In case the Aadhar number is not available at the time of registration, it is mandatory to share the mobile number. While the trainee can undergo training without an Aadhar number, certificate generation and monetary award is not possible without the Aadhar number. The trainee must get an Aandhar number before assessment and certification is completed. The Training Provider may support the trainee in the creation of the Aadhar number before training completion..   Both work hand- in-glove . Both UID and NSDC Star Scholarship are nothing but scratching each others back, getting their targets fulfilled , at the expense of violating privacy rights of the people . After the Supreme  Court  interim order  that… Continue Reading →

Three Aadhaar cards for seven-year-old boy in Kerala #WTFnews #UID

  DC | A boy gets his credentials recorded to get the Aadhaar card. (Image for representation) Kottayam: At a time when one-third of Keralites are yet to get Aadhaar, Abhishek Amrith, 7,  second standard student of St Antony’s LP school,… Continue Reading →

#India – Dismantle #Aadhaar, #UID Number Now #mustread

Supreme Court exposes complicity of Congress and opposition parties on 12 digits Biometric Aadhaar/UID Number  States must withdraw from MoUs they signed with UIDAI Manifestoes of political parties must make their stand clear on scrapping of Biometric Identification ahead of… Continue Reading →

#India – #Aadhaar is Niradhaar , #UID is not unique – Supreme court puts its Stamp

The Supreme Court order on Monday ruling out the Aadhaar card as mandatory for availing various government services has not come a day too soon. For, the way the scheme was conceived and implemented, it had left a lot to… Continue Reading →

#India – Slipping Aadhaar past Parliament #UID

  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013, 8:39 IST | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court’s order against the government on Aadhaar cards stems from the haphazard manner in which the project was allowed to take off. In a belated intervention, the Supreme… Continue Reading →

#India – With threat of data loss, wait for Aadhaar number gets longer #UID

M. P. PRAVEEN, The Hindu  The HinduUnder a cloud: IT experts have expressed doubts about the security of the UID database. — PHOTO: K.K. Mustafah For people who have been waiting for months or even more than a year after… Continue Reading →

Kerala makes #Aadhar card mandatory for RTE admissions #UID

  by Dolashree Mysoor Posted on April 14, 2013   The Kerala government has made   Aadhar cards for RTE admissions mandatory, participation in events and application for scholarship under the Kerala RTE Rules (read more). The government has decided… Continue Reading →

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