Aadhaar leads to greater financial inclusion, says survey

Friday, April 21, 2017

Better financial inclusion is being highlighted as the biggest benefit of the Aadhaar card, according to a survey.

The survey was conducted with 800 respondents across 16 metro stations in New Delhi by Outline India, a primary research institution, and compiled under a report titled, ‘Aadhaar: It’s Not Black & White.’

The survey found that over 97 per cent of all respondents are comfortable with a mandatory linkage of bank accounts to the Aadhaar card. Eighty-seven per cent found it either very or somewhat easy to get an Aadhaar card even when they reported that the act of acquiring the card itself can be tedious.

This contradictory finding suggests that either respondents have low expectations on accessibility, or that they are buying into the dominant narrative of the successful implementation of the Aadhaar card.

Source: Business Line (link opens in a new window)

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