1. Aadhaar is a major power, it will be big weapon against benami properties, says PM Narendra Modi

Aadhaar is a major power, it will be big weapon against benami properties, says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Aadhaar will now be used in cases involving benami properties. Modi described Aadhaar as a major "power" to bring about an "irreversible change" in the common man's life.

By: | Updated: November 30, 2017 12:25 PM
Narendra Modi, PM Modi, Benami properties, Modi, Aadhaar, HT Summit, corruption, Aadhaar card Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Aadhaar will now be used in cases involving benami properties. Modi described Aadhaar as a major “power” to bring about an “irreversible change” in the common man’s life. (Image: IE)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Aadhaar will now be used in cases involving benami properties. Modi described Aadhaar as a major “power” to bring about an “irreversible change” in the common man’s life. He mentioned how Aadhaar is beneficial in every sector “by linking Aadhaar to Mobile and Jan Dhan, we have created such a system that could not have been imagined few years back.” While addressing a summit, he said that “in last three years, with the help of Aadhaar, crores of fake names have been removed from the system. Now it is going to be a big weapon against benami properties.” PM Modi also said that the country saw a “behavioural change” after demonetisation, which helped in converting to a “clean and healthy economy”.

“For the first time after Independence the corrupt people are scared of transacting in black money. They are scared of being caught. The black money which was earlier base of parallel economy, has now become part of formal economy,” he said. “Such an irreversible change is getting boost from Aadhaar. Aadhaar is such a power through which this government want to ensure rights of poor. It is also playing a big role in providing subsidised ration, scholarships, medicines, pensions and other government subsidies,” he said.

He said the day the country would adopt maximum transactions via digital addresses, “organised crime would come to an end to some extent”. Modi said “big transformations” do not come easily and for it “hauling up of the entire system was needed”. “We can increase our ease of doing business ranking from 142 to 100 only when we take initiatives for big transformation,” Modi said.

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  1. R
    Reader
    Nov 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm
    The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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    1. R
      Reader
      Nov 30, 2017 at 2:18 pm
      UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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      1. R
        Reader
        Nov 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm
        A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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        1. R
          Reader
          Nov 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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