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Critics of Aadhaar say they have been harassed, put under surveillance

The critics said UIDAI and other government agencies were extremely sensitive to criticism of the Aadhaar programme


Researchers and journalists who have identified loopholes in India’s massive national identity card project have said they have been slapped with criminal cases or harassed by government agencies because of their work. Last month, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the semi-government body responsible for the national identity project, called Aadhaar, or “Basis”, filed a criminal case against the Tribune newspaper for publishing a story that said access to the card’s database could be bought for Rs 500 ($7.82). Reuters spoke to eight ...

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 11:54 IST