When any large initiatives are launched, especially by the Government, there are always people who are “for” or “against” it. Aadhar Unique Identification project (UID) is one such project that has been in the news for few years now.
While there are millions who think that Aadhar will benefit the citizens of India in many ways and bring down corruption to large extent, there are many who have severely criticized Aadhar project.
Mathew Thomas, a former defense scientist and a civic activist is one such critic of Aadhar UID project. He has recently published a monograph called “UID is not yours”, in which he has termed the entire UID project as Sinister Ploy by the Government and has equated it to being an Ultimate Identification Theft.
“UID is not yours” presents various perspectives of those who have examined UID, through their articles. The monograph also includes a few RTI queries and UIDAI’s replies, to present first hand information about the project. It also includes material collated from the Internet to call attention to the need to halt the scheme and investigate it further.
In very short, “UID is not yours” is trying to convey that UID is a extremely risky, unsecure and dangerous proposition as the control of the database of UID ultimately lies with the Government, meaning some politician, bureaucrat or company official who manages the database. And if there are any “leakages” at that level, it very well cause damages in catastrophic proportions for entire country and its citizens.
Here is the entire monograph – It surely has some interesting information. If you are yet to apply for UID, make sure you read this, you may probably cancel your plans to get a UID for yourself!
On a personal level, I think Aadhar UID is a great project and will help millions of Indians, especially rural, in times to come. With Nandan Nilekani at the helm, I am sure most of the “security” aspects have been thought over. It is the same in the US with Social Security Numbers. And, though possibilities of ID thefts, hacks etc cannot be ruled out, I don’t think one can stop a project of this magnitude.
Would love to hear your opinion on this!
[Pdf hat-tip: Rohit Srivastwa]