The government is planning to keep a track on every individual from the day he or she is born till the person gets employed. According to the report by the Hindustan Times, the government will give children born in India a unique number. This number will be used to track the holistic development of children in the country in various sectors including education, health and jobs. This project will require the involvement of several ministries including human resources development (HRD), women and child development, health, tribal affairs, minority affairs, social justice and skill development.
However, according to analysts, this move will be both well-meaning and controversial. Considering the privacy and security concerns that have surrounded around Aadhaar, this initiative by the government could be arguable. But as per the report, the officials were quoted as saying that a unique number will be given to every child which will have no biometric data capture involved, as it is in Aadhaar. Therefore this will curb the issues that are related to privacy and security.
As per the report, this database will capture health-related issues of the child. The women and child development ministry will also be using the same data, while the same unique number will be connected with school-related data. An official of HRD ministry termed this as merely a tracker is to track the overall development of the child and which is different from Aadhaar. This tracker will not require any biometric authentication as is the case with Aadhar. The HRD ministry official added that the idea has been received positively by all ministries concerned.