The Narendra Modi government has been pitching for making Aadhaar card an integral part of the digital ecosystem in the country that touches almost every aspect of the life of the citizens when it comes to public dealings. In case of subsidies, Centre has cited that it would reduce its overall burden by making targeted delivery of these benefits. However, experts and analyst say that implementation of Aadhaar needs extra cautious approach. The central government needs to put in place a number of safeguards, according to Indian Express report. Notably, the central government is set to implement Aadhaar as an authentication mechanism for 135 schemes, the report says. Since Aadhaar has started playing a pivotal role, the safeguards suggested by experts are crucial. These safeguards are robust data security system, a grievance redressal mechanism. Apart from these, the government needs to ensure that there is no basis for exclusion of any of the beneficiaries. A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is set to hear a batch of petitions on Aadhaar-related matters in November.
So far schemes or services for which Aadhaar number, authentication or enrolment is required are linking of Aadhaar with mobile number, linking of Aadhaar with PAN card, Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University Students, opening of post office accounts, opening of National Savings Certificate, opening of Public Provident Fund, opening of Kisan Vikas Patra, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, Employees’ Pension Scheme, availing crop insurance under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and to receive benefits under Incentive Scheme for providing employment to Persons with Disabilities in the Private Sector, IE reported
On August 30, the UIDAI had rejected charges that foreign firms were accessing sensitive data, saying no Aadhaar information has ever been stored or processed outside its own data centre and resides only within its fully-secured servers. “Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and has robust uncompromised security. The UIDAI data centre is an infrastructure of critical importance and is protected accordingly with high technology, conforming to the best standards of security,” the UIDAI had said in a statement.