Making the Poor Free?: Indias Unique Identification Number

Hardcover | September 30, 2015

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While handing over the first set of 12-digit unique identification numbers to ten tribal families of Tembhli, a dusty village tucked away in a far corner of Maharashtra, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "UID will help hundreds of people in India, whose pride was hurt for so manyyears because of the lack of an identity. This will be their source of recognition from now on...." The Aadhaar scheme, since its inception, has been operating without parliamentary approval and, thus, the Supreme Court of India held that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for availing public servicesin India.This book, therefore, is an attempt to understand how Aadhaar will make India's poor free. Fifteen chapters describe the evolution of different schemes of the Indian government that have sought to provide identification, enrolment to and functioning of Aadhaar, and the legal framework involved inthe process. This book is an in-depth analysis of this unique and controversial programme in India.Das maintains that while the Aadhaar programme's contribution in the implementation of PDS, MGNREGS, education, and public health can only be modest, it will be in a position to create a platform for greater financial inclusion of the poor.

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While handing over the first set of 12-digit unique identification numbers to ten tribal families of Tembhli, a dusty village tucked away in a far corner of Maharashtra, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "UID will help hundreds of people in India, whose pride was hurt for so manyyears because of the lack of an identity. This...

S.K. Das is a former civil servant. He retired as Member (Finance), Space Commission and Atomic Energy Commission, and Ex-officio Secretary to the Government of India.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:September 30, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and FiguresList of AbbreviationsIntroductionGovernmentalityThe IdeaEvolutionThe ProgrammeEnrolmentAuthenticationThe OrganisationLegal FrameworkDataveillanceAadhaar and the PDSAadhaar and the MGNREGSAadhaar and Public HealthAadhaar and Elementary EducationAadhaar-based Financial Inclusion for the PoorAadhaar and India's PoorBibliographyIndexAbout the Author