August 10

Aadhaar barring poor from state benefits: Activists

The mandatory linking of Aadhaar to social security benefits like pension and ration cards has led to thousands of poor not getting benefits earmarked for them, allege RTI activists.

Citing information from RTI pleas, information activists said on Tuesday the government’s claim that technology and Aadhaar had helped weed out corruption “was without any basis”.

Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, however, denied the allegations. Pandey clarified that Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act ensured that no one is “excluded” and social benefits are not denied to anyone.

Source: Times of India (link opens in a new window)

activism, digital identity, India