In yet another persistent push to literally shovel the Aadhaar card into Indian identity, it’s now mandatory for poor women to have it in order to procure free cooking gas. Interestingly, even though the Supreme Court had clarified that Aadhaar card is not mandatory for the mid day meal, the government was still authoritative. As if this new syndrome had not percolated enough, even IRCTC mentioned that in the coming plan for the year 2017-2018, only travelers with Aadhaar card would be able to book tickets online. Along with National Social Assistance Programme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, public distribution scheme, LPG Subsidies and Jan Dhan Yojana, the government is aggressively going to make Aadhaar card a mandatory official necessity. Talking about the need and security of Aadhaar, SAMEER TIWARI of Free Press gauged the reactions of a cross section across the city.
“In New Delhi against the total population of the city of 17.7 million, surprisingly 19.2 million Aadhaar cards were issued. So, how would the government schemes function if the leakage is too apparent and cannot be weeded out. The duplicity of Aadhar card is falling prey to its own concept, a reality which is hidden from the Indian citizens.”
Richa Lall, Fashion Blogger
“The entire Aadhaar generation would be in future victims to government scrutiny, harassment and privacy threat, in a way that cannot be conceived as of now. It’s a manipulation of democracy to its very core, where individual privacy is bargained for an official identity, which it itself is a very contested and arbitrary concept.”
Sandeep Malhotra, Businessman
“The idea of privacy has now become a foreign, alien and aligning concept. It is just the opposite of the Right to Information Act. The government would not have each and every single detail about the citizen’s life, carefully monitored and scrutinized.”
Dr Narendra Luhadiya, Businessman
“Recently some banks and companies had breached the privacy of Aadhaar card and hacked it, later leading to a cyber crime complaint against them. They were charged with impersonation and unauthorised authentication, but the fact that this data was easily available to them does raise doubts.”
Preeti Patodi, Homemaker
“But amidst all of this, the authoritative order to have an Aadhaar card reveals one subtle yet simple fact which deals with our identity as Indian citizens. In spite of having voter-ID card, ration card, passport, driving license, PAN card and others, our identity is still an abstract concept. The lack of transparency, functionality and structuring in the government’s administration suggests how fragile and vulnerable our identities have become.”
Prateek Joshi, IT Expert
“In Surat traders were caught by police selling biometric thumb impression, ration card numbers and Aadhaar card numbers. The incident highlights the inefficiency of government and data handling agencies in keeping our information safe.”
Yagyesh Singh, Student.