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UIDAI — Aadhaar — DBT gets big push to go ahead

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday gave a vote of confidence to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which is generating Aadhaar numbers for India’s 1.2-billion strong population. He sought the speedy roll-out of the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) scheme, a flagship programme of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. This effectively ends a turf war, which had raised questions…

Aadhaar the most used ID for voting in Hydrabad

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More interesting is that Aadhaar is the most prolific ID shown for voter proof even more so then the voter ID card. With 650 million Aadhaar issued and millions of rupees being directly transferred to accounts per month. The Bombay High Court on April 16 directed the Maharashtra government to facilitate the bank account opening of…

Smartcards are good — Aadhaar is better

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While the smartcards are good replacing the card with Aadhaar is a better long term option. The replacement cost for the cards is significant and becomes a burden on the system that is not necessarily required. It also delays the government from focusing on the longer term systemic problem of inadequate infrastructure and the disenfranchisement…

Aadhaar Facts – Nine Most Common Myths about Aadhaar

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Answers to common myths of Aadhaar. One key fact that I find interesting is thus far Aadhaar has only spent $640 million since 2009. At about $1.08 per Aadhaar  it is by far the lowest cost national ID of any system in the world. While being the lowest cost ID it is one of the…

UID/Aadhaar tour by Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN – YouTube

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Zakaria’s, India at a Crossroads, looks at several facets of a changing India. He looks at AAP, Aadhaar and a new tv show. Fareed Zakaria does a great job looking at Aadhaar. Looks at the sheer size and complexity of the project along with some of the issues that the project faces. If you enroll…

Aadhaar a struggle of identity — Part 1 Identity

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Over the coming weeks I am going provide some of my thoughts around identification (ID) and ID solutions. A critical understanding about ID systems can be neatly boxed into a single statement: Things you know; things you have; and things you are. But more on this later. Almost from the beginning, Aadhaar (in India) has struggled…

Aadhaar-linked accounts to be basis for mobile payments

I do find it interesting that everyone in the development community is focused on mobile payments and yet the attachment of a higher level of verification using biometrics and a randomly generated 12 digit number and it is a target at every turn. Over 30 million linked accounts to start DBT payments in most countries…

Deadline for Aadhaar Cards on February 28, 2014 in West Bengal

The West Bengal government set February 28 as the deadline for distributing Aadhaar cards among all Bengal residents, prompting many to wonder about the feasibility of covering over six crore people in little over five-and-a-half months. Providing Aadhaar numbers to all citizens above the age of five is the precursor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s dream project…

Aadhaar recognizes 1,600 more transgender persons

This is an ongoing update of Aadhaar and UID. In that in October of 2011 there had already been over 12,500 issued as transgender to various communities around the India. Life is a daily struggle for transgender and Hijras through out the world but especially in India which makes the foresight of the UID team…

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