Much of opposition to Aadhaar on grounds of privacy is a mere nuisance, says Union minister KJ Alphons
Much of the opposition to the use of Aadhaar cards for delivering government services on grounds of privacy being violated is a mere nuisance, KJ Alphons said
New Delhi: Much of the opposition to the use of Aadhaar cards for delivering government services on grounds of privacy being violated is a mere nuisance, Union Minister KJ Alphons said on Thursday.
Even getting a visa often requires providing a lot of personal information, which can run into several pages, the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology said at a session on the inaugural day of the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS).
"While people need to provide all personal information to a foreign country just for travel, all one needs to share to get an Aadhaar Card is their name and address," Alphons said, adding that the biometric-driven identification system is revolutionising delivery of services in India.
It is benefiting the poorest of the poor by reducing cost of service delivery, the Minister said.
"Aadhaar is driving the country," Alphons said.
The move to make the use of Aadhaar obligatory for availing several benefits, including under the public distribution system, has attracted criticism from different quarters.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India has declared privacy a fundamental right.
But the Minister emphasised that the Aadhaar card is actually helping empower the poorest of the poor. "India is witnessing the biggest digital revolution in the world for the past three years. The objective is to give a voice to the voiceless," Alphons said.
Speaking at the session that focused on bridging the digital divide, Ghana's Minister for Communication Ursula Ekuful said: "We salute the progress India has made and continue to monitor its progress."
"It is a great initiative," said Houlin Zhao, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union, while referring to the Aadhaar identification system.
"India has engineered some marvelous innovations. Indian leaders should be more active in encouraging such innovations and bringing them to the world stage for the benefit of people in other parts of the world," he added.
States responsible for implementation of 2015 judgement scrapping Section 66A of IT Act: Centre tells SC
The Centre said it has also requested them for submission of reports to the IT ministry on the number of cases booked under Section 66A of the IT Act, and directing them to withdraw any prosecution invoking 66A.
The application, which raised the issue related to Kerala, claimed it is shocking that in a medical emergency, the government is playing with the lives of citizens through such measures
The apex court pulled up the state government for giving in to traders' pressure by granting relaxations ahead of Bakrid and said it disclosed a "sorry state of affairs"