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Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat told reporters on the sidelines of the 14th National Conference of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on the 7th that 32 crore Aadhaar numbers had been linked with Voter IDs. “So far, as many as 32 crore Aadhaar numbers have been linked to voters’ ID cards. Another 54.5…

Read More 32 crore Aadhaar numbers linked with Voter IDs, says CEC. We ask HOW?

Two boys on a concrete wall, overlooking rubbish in Dharavi. Two boys on a concrete wall, overlooking rubbish in Dharavi.

Even as the Union of India vociferously insists in the Supreme Court that no denial of entitlements happens due to a lack of Aadhaar, the reality on the ground is different. The latest attrocity in the name of preventing leakages is the denial of nutrition to those idenfitied as malnourished if they don’t provide an…

Read More Maharashtra to deny access to free nutrition to the malnourished if they don’t have an Aadhaar


There are seven questions we challenge UIDAI to give a proper answer for (and one bonus). What happens when stolen biometrics compromise a person’s identity? Consider the example of the bank officer whose fingerprints got duplicated and sold to provide illegal access to create and update Aadhaar cards. There are other instances when fingerprints of…

Read More 7 questions for UIDAI

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An outrageous interview of Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the CEO of UIDAI on the day after a Supreme Court order extended the deadline for linking Aadhaar and included Tatkal passports among the list of things Aadhaar couldn’t be asked for. Highlights. On the 13th of March, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered that the government cannot…

Read More CEO of UIDAI manages to overrule, the Supreme Court, lie about SRDHs and shrug off concerns on data protection in one interview


The thoughtless implementation of Aadhaar has led countless operators to make investment in equipment (they had to purchase equipment – it was not provided by UIDAI for conducting enrolments) that is very specific to Aadhaar work, and the abrupt discontinuation of contracts, because UIDAI belatedly realizes that data being collected by private operators is problematic,…

Read More The plight of Aadhaar operators

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Yavatmal: A group of youngsters, who had volunteered to desilt wells to allow their use as water sources in view of the extreme scarcity of drinking water, found thousands of original Aadhaar cards dumped in a well on Sunday. The cards were packed in nylon gunny bags, and weighed down with rocks. Yavatmal has been…

Read More Thousands of Aadhaar cards found in a well in Yavatmal


In October 2017, the Jharkhand Government introduced a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) pilot for the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Nagri – a block on the outskirts of Ranchi. Instead of rice at Re 1 per kg at the ration shop, the PDS cardholders are to receive the subsidy (calculated at Rs 31.60 per kg)…

Read More Jharkhand Pilot for DBT of Food Subsidy a Dismal Failure


Karthik Arun B’s car met with an accident in late December 2017 and was taken to the service center for repairs. Even at the time of filing claim, Bajaj Allianz asked him to provide his Aadhaar number, which he refused. After that they sent an appraiser over and he approved work to commence on the…

Read More Bajaj Allianz refuses to process claims without Aadhaar