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@aha_irshi @JacobusCilliers @kopalo @jackerhack @nixxin @databaazi @pranesh @fs0c131y This could be a credible argument if there was credible data that fake users are the problem. Unfortunately, the evidence points elsewhere. No brownie points for fixing real world problems, though.
@aha_irshi @JacobusCilliers @kopalo @jackerhack @nixxin @databaazi @pranesh @fs0c131y So, looking up J-PAL, I find "Our mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence." Yet, this is entirely missing from the biometric scheme in India. Only slideshows. Actual #UIDAI data showed nearly all registrants already had documents
@aha_irshi @JacobusCilliers @kopalo @jackerhack @nixxin @databaazi @pranesh @fs0c131y Appallingly, the current court judgment cites the 'slideshow' and ignores signed affidavits and reports of starvation deaths due to exclusion, following the scheme. Suggest J-PAL could hew a little closer to its mission statement, rather than spew propaganda.

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