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Baseless Aadhaar and its many flaws: When the poor lose their thumb prints

When machines don't recognise their thumb prints, Aadhaar turns into a device of exclusion

Osama Manzar & Eshita Mukherjee 

Wardi Devi, a senior citizen, hails from a remote town of Rajasthan. She’s tried to enrol for the Aadhaar thrice and even paid Rs. 150 and Rs. 50 to agents while making the first two attempts. Tired of coughing out her hard earned money from her meagre wages, she refused to pay anything the third time. Despite having visited the Aadhaar centre on multiple occasions, she is yet to receive her UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). Since she is not an Aadhaar Card holder, she is not entitled to subsidised food grains under the public distribution system (PDS). In the ...

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First Published: Tue, May 09 2017. 10:51 IST