Still believe #Aadhaar is good for #welfare? Here's why it's not. Glimpses from a recent PDS- Aadhaar Survey in Jharkhand /0

Olasi Hansda*, a widow, cannot walk, hence cannot authenticate herself = No grains since Jan. /1

Fingerprints do not match for Jainathram = No grains since Sept. 2016 /2

Birsi Devi + daughter, both are widows, and for both fingerprints don't work = no grains for several months
Tilo Kumari is hard of hearing. Fingerprints don't match. She's a single earner. /4

#AadhaarFail excluding the most vulnerable consistently
No POS-able member in Jahrina's family since intro. OTP worked for a couple of months. Now failing. /5

Despite possessing and submitting Aadhaar, no member in Guriya's family is POS-able = no grains for past 10 months.

Introduction of Aadhaar based biometric authentication = no grains for Mangal Munda's family since Aug 2016.

Quantity fraud continues as Aadhaar cannot shift power balance b/w dealer & beneficiary. + Causing much disruption.

No internet connection meant dealer has to separate authentication (here, under a tree) & disbursal of grains (PDS shop).

Erroneous Aadhaar seeding (or the lack of) = no grains for Lusiya Kullu & husband since March 2017.

If daughter not around, Rejan Samad, 72 yrs old, ill and infirm, cannot get his grains

And we speak of 'citizen empowerment'? #AadhaarFail
No Aadhaar seeding = no grains for 8 mos for Marothamay Muru, a widow & son ==>They are considering leasing their agro land #AadhaarFail
The curious case of Sagupta.

Dealers have found ingenuous ways to circumvent Aadhaar and siphon grains.

Judaida 70 yr old widow, lives alone. Only son is POS-able, but lives elsewhere. OTP worked only once. No grains for 3 mos

No Aadhaar despite multiple attempts to get one = no rations since Nov 2016 for Rahil, a widow & Antayodya card holder. (n/n)

Aadhaar is undoubtedly causing exclusion, often to the most vulnerable. Tech breaking down even in urban areas like Ranchi district /
/The two oft-cited pro-#Aadhaar arguments: "state capacity" & "citizen empowerment" rest on very weak ground /
/Esp. in light of busted myth of savings, and large-scale exclusion. Add v. serious privacy and surveillance concerns /
/Aadhaar must be used as a 'how-to-not' design public&social policy. In current form, it must go back to the drawing board//


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Aug 3, 2018
(1/16) "The poor are the guinea pigs for immature financial technologies"

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#Pensions #AadhaarFail #Airtel
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(2/11) What if you find that your Aadhaar number is linked to a bank a/c without consent?

Certainly happened with Mr. Kulkarni. He was lucky it was his own account. What if yours get linked to an account used for unscrupulous activities? #AadhaarFail…
(3/11) What if your loan application gets rejected because a loan in your name was drawn and defaulted on, all without your consent? Sure happened to Mr. Thakur from Bhopal. #AadhaarFail…
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Questions to NN following from @virsanghvi interview: NN(@2.30) "I wrote to the Prime minister about privacy in 2010" - would be kinda nice to see what exactly was said. Can he release that correspondence?
NN@2.45: "I went back to being a good guy in the last few months" (we dispute this self-certification)..."people have realized that there are lots of things happening in the world which were far more pernicious".
No, NN. ...2/n
Aadhaar is as bad as China's social crediting system which at least is happening in a country which no many think of as a real democracy.
NN@2.48 still maintains that "In the Aadhaar design, Aadhaar was designed not to collect data". Wow. 3/n
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*Aadhaar Propaganda Lives OK: CGD’s fishy blog*

The most recent CGD (@CGDev) blogpost on Aadhaar has prompted a few questions.

Thread (1/17) #AadhaarFail

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The bogus figure originated in the spotlight co-authored by Gelb. See images.
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In short, it was all just made up. Entirely.…
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