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Privacy is about trust between govt, people: Niti Aayog VC

The financial inclusion will help in increasing household savings: Rajiv Kumar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Rajiv Kumar, NITI Aayog, VC
Rajiv Kumar at a press conference after assuming office as the NITI Aayog vice-chairman in New Delhi. (Photo: Sanjay K Sharma)

is all about trust between and people, Vice Chairman said today while maintaining that there is hardly any left the minute one uses a

He said that in today's world even telecallers know what a person buys and what he needs.

"You got to focus on mistrust between the and people. This is core of all debates that are going on about I have got no privacy left ever since I got mastercard. I get calls from telecallers who know what I buy.

"If we have any illusions about privacy, stop doing now" Kumar said.

The Vice Chairman of the think tank was speaking at a panel discussion here on various aspects of which cover the JAM trinity -- the linkage of bank accounts, and mobile phone numbers.

The comments come amid various petitions having been filed in the apex court challenging the government's move making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes.

The issue got accentuated after the last month declared right to privacy a fundamental right, a far- reaching verdict that could impact a range of life choices of Indians, including food habits and sexual orientation.

Kumar said that has been with us for a long time, but till current government took charge in 2014, 70 per cent of our population was unbanked.

"The will help in increasing household savings," Kumar said, adding that digital push and financial inclusion is what India needs to be at the frontiers of

deputy managing director Manju Agarwal said if people can have trust social media sites like facebook, and Google, they should trust the government on data privacy.

"Each of one in this room is on facebook, and Trust me you are followed every second by these social media sites. Anybody who is concerned about privacy should not be on facebook, and Google," Agarwal noted.

She further added that digital payments will explode once reach the last mile customer.

First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 14:58 IST