1. Mukesh Ambani praises Nandan Nilekani’s ‘phenomenal’ work on Aadhaar; says it will go down in history

Mukesh Ambani praises Nandan Nilekani’s ‘phenomenal’ work on Aadhaar; says it will go down in history

Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, while speaking in an interview lauded the work of Infosys co-founder and former Chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani, for his work on Aadhar.

By: | Published: October 19, 2016 6:25 PM
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Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, while speaking in an interview lauded the work of Infosys co-founder and former Chairman of UIDAI, Nandan Nilekani, for his work on Aadhar. Ambani spoke to veteran journalist Shekhar Gupta in an ‘Off The Cuff’ series conversation, at a South Mumbai hotel. He spoke on a number of issues like the tiff between Reliance Jio and other telecom companies, PM Narendra Modi and also addressed the youth of the country. While talking about the work of PM Modi on making India join the digital race, he also praised the work of Nilekani. Ambani said, “Work that my friend Nandan Nilekani has done will go down in history. When your children are citizens of India, they will say that there was one person who did phenomenal work in 2009 that put India on the digital map and also helped in financial inclusion.

Ambani today, in the interview, shared his views on a number of topics from the biggest challenges facing India and how to solve them. When asked about politics in India Ambani praised the ability of the Modi-led government to embrace projects that may not have been initiated by them – such as the unique identification program Aadhaar. Recently in an interview with ET Now, Nilekani talked about the work going on Aadhaar. While speaking on Aadhaar, Nilekani in the interview said that he left the government two years back and now just volunteers in that sector. He worked there for four and a half years and ‘laid the foundation for Aadhaar with 600 million people’ which the new government took forward. According to him, the Aadhaar has crossed the billion people landmark. He said that the present government is working on using the platform for more innovations.

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While Mukesh Ambani talked about the youth and the importance of digitisation in the current world, Nandan Nilekani had also talked about the Indian IT industry and said that the world has changed and the focus is ‘more on the consumer than on enterprise’. Nilekani had added that the IT industry in India will be robust and successful, even though the slowdown in the United States and Europe might change the IT landscape growth in the country.

  1. sunil kumar
    Oct 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm
    He will praise cuz all our supposed-to-be private data is shared with Reliance. Here is the story : The other day I went to a mobile phone seller in Bangalore who happens to sell Reliance Lyf, to activate 4G and to provide them my address proof. I was shocked to see that when you scan your thumb on their biometric device , your entire detail along with your photograph is displa on their computer. Mind you, this was not even a Reliance outlet.It was some mobile phone seller who was authorised to sell Reliance phones. How can the govt provide the personal data of its citizen to a private firm?Where are we heading?
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    1. Shashikant Chaudhari
      Oct 22, 2016 at 3:51 pm
      it is true.but if you provide photograph,doents stating your ideny,address proofs for mobile sim connections in old fashioned way,,,still data is same-which is displa on Screen.moreover at present the data is linked to bio-metrics which can not be saved .no need to much worry.
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        Prasanna S
        Oct 25, 2016 at 12:24 am
        Did you give your Aadhaar number and your fingerprint?
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          vinay
          Oct 21, 2016 at 6:01 am
          This service is called e-KYC based on aadhaar platform. The vendor will enter your aadhaar number and the biometric captured both with your consent in this case. UIDAI in the back end will verify your biometric with their database against the aadhaar number provided. If it matches, they will provide the basic data you gave to UIDAI during enrollment for custody. The other option to get your sim issued will be going the paper way. get all your doents of ideny, address proof and a photograph and hand them over the the agent whom you do not know.
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