August 27, 2015

Aadhaar and its implicit bargains

Praveen Chakravarty writes in this Mint article about Supreme's Court interim judgement which claims that Aadhar violates an individual's right to privacy.


He writes "The initiative was to test people’s responses to a choice of receiving NREGA wages by themselves and not through an intermediary at their doorstep using their Aadhaar number. 100% of the villagers in Churchu block demonstrated their approval by enrolling for the programme. In an ensuing conversation, Asha told me that her erratic husband collects her NREGA wages and spends it outside the family....

..Alas, four days before India’s 69th Independence Day, a bench of the Supreme Court ruled in an interim judgment which implies that Asha cannot be provided this choice of collecting her NREGA wages at her doorstep. That Asha’s fingerprints or iris scans, which would have been matched to prove that it is indeed her before the money was handed over, is a violation of her privacy, seems to be the prevailing view. Yet, this is precisely what Asha seems to want—that her wages due to her be given only to her and not anyone else. This seemingly complex conundrum is what is at the heart of the Supreme Court’s ruling on 11 August 2015".


Click here to read the article. 

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
Tags : NREGA , aadhaar , UIDAI , privacy
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