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  1. Former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan pitches for Nandan Nilekani, NR Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji for CIO post

Former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan pitches for Nandan Nilekani, NR Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji for CIO post

Former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan  today urged the Centre to get persons like the company's Nandan Nilekani or IT czars N R Narayana Murthy or Azim Premji for the reportedly proposed post of Chief Information Officer under the PMO.

By: | Bengaluru | Updated: December 19, 2017 4:26 PM
mohandas pai, infosys CEO, infosys, PMO, pm office, pm modi, infosys pai, chief information officer, it industry, IT sector, IT sector growth, IT growth, IT sector india Balakrishnan said this in response to a query on who could be the most suitable candidate in the backdrop of reports that the centre is mulling to create the post of CIO, to help integrate IT strategies and policies related to various government departments. (Reuters)

Former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan today urged the Centre to get persons like the company’s Nandan Nilekani or IT czars N R Narayana Murthy or Azim Premji for the reportedly proposed post of Chief Information Officer under the PMO. “I think the government should get leaders from the tech industry to be the CIO. This will bring credibility to the process. People like Nandan had earlier worked in government and brought the needed change. They should also get somebody of that stature and calibre to be the CIO,” Balakrishnan said. “People like Narayana Murthy and Premji could also be  considered,” he told PTI. Balakrishnan said this in response to a query on who could be the most suitable candidate in the backdrop of reports that the centre is mulling to create the post of CIO, to help integrate IT strategies and policies related to various government departments. Nilekani is presently Infosys Non-Executive Chairman, who in his earlier role as head of Unique Identification Authority of India, is considered the architect of Aadhaar. However, to make the post of CIO effective, Balakrishnan said it is necessary to provide political cover and independence to the same. The post of CIO will ensure govermment gets better returns in its technology investments, he said. “With increased focus on digital and data security there needs to be a cohesive effort from all government arms in adopting and executing technology solutions for governance,”  Balakrishnan said. Former Infosys CFO and investor T V Mohandas Pai also pitched for the CIO’s post. “I totally agree (that India should have a CIO under Prime Minister’s Office). The government needs this to create a tech vision for itself,” Pai said.

This will help integrate IT strategies and policies related to various departments, he said. India also needs a Chief Data Scientist to enable use of big data, he added. In the light of a large part of financial transactions and technology back-end in India likely to be inter-linked with Aadhaar number, the role of CIO becomes all the more  important, he added. The government plans to interlink financial transactions and technology back-end with Aadhaar number by next financial year.

According to some media reports, the role of CIO will be reportedly similar to that of a White House CIO, who is also responsible for designing an inter-operable IT infrastructure of the administration. The White House CIO is also reportedly responsible for  managing the IT spending of the federal government. IT experts feel CIO could push for open source procurement of software which could lead to more efficient spending of taxpayers’ money on IT expenditure by the centre.

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    Dec 19, 2017 at 7:35 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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      Reader
      Dec 19, 2017 at 7:35 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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        Reader
        Dec 19, 2017 at 7:34 pm
        A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship. 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. 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. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person.
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