The much hyped Unique Identification ‘Aadhar’ Scheme has run into trouble as the Parliamentary Standing Committee has asked the government to redraft the Unique Identification Authority Bill. The committee which is headed by the former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said that the Bill is unacceptable and have also brought forward many key objections.
The UID project currently has the support of the Prime Minister, the Congress President and also the Finance Minister. Nandan Nilekani, who is the chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India also tried to garner support from other ministries.
The key objections raised by the Committee are that the scheme does not seem to have any clarity of purpose and is also proceeding in a directionless manner. The UID system is also based on an unreliable and an untested technology. There has also not been any study done on its cost benefit or even a feasibility study. And also giving the responsibility to registrars in the private domain to enroll and verify individuals may have terrible consequences for national security.
Report by Priyanka S Menon