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  • 19 March, 2021

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Aadhar issues

Aadhar issues

Supreme Court judgement on Aadhar

  • The Court’s judgment in 2018, upholding the Aadhaar programme as a reasonable restriction on individual privacy (Article 21) to fulfil welfare requirements and dignity.

Issues with Aadhar

  1. Inefficiencies in biometric authentication and updating, linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts, and the use of the Aadhaar payment bridge.
  2. Failures in authentication having led to delays in the disbursal of benefits.
  3. Denial of benefits due to cancellation of legitimate beneficiary names.
  4. Despite being designed to store finger and iris scans of most users, doubts about the success rates of authentication and the generation of “false negatives” have always persisted, more so for labourers and tribal people.
  5. Those engaged in manual and hard labour, for example, are susceptible to fingerprint changes over time.

Way forward

  • Given the scale of the problem, the central and State governments would do well to allow alternative identification so that genuine beneficiaries are not denied due subsidies.
  • The question of fraud can still be addressed by the use of other verification cards and by decentralised disbursal of services at the panchayat level.

Source: TH


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