In a statement, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked government departments and state administration "to ensure that no essential service or benefit shall be denied to a genuine beneficiary for the want of Aadhaar whether it is medical help, hospitalisation, school admission or ration through PDS".
The past week was an interesting one for technology in India, both from an industry as well as government standpoint.
The draft notification to ammend rules for driving licences proposes Aadhaar as one of the documents that can be submitted as address and age proof, the government said today.
The state government has attacked the scheme on grounds including that it would lead to 'one-nation, one-identity'.
Part of the problem in understanding how inadequate Aadhaar can be lies in the fact that most people cannot distinguish between authentication and identification.
The Centre is in the process of linking driving licences with Aadhaar number to weed out fake licences and a software for this covering all states on a real time basis is under preparation.
The ruling party BJP and Congress have been at loggerheads over the implementation of the citizen identity project Aadhaar, which holds people’s biometric information including their fingerprints and iris scans.
The scheme, he said, is to provide anonymity to the donors but at the same time establish a transparent political funding system with well established audit trail.
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the agency that administers Aadhaar, has said plastic Aadhaar cards are unusable, and prone to data theft.
The state government has been directly making payments to around 3 crore beneficiaries' bank accounts for all government schemes, Modi who also holds finance portfolio, told reporters.
Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted that the Aadhaar data was fully safe and secure.
The bank is investing Rs 99 lakh for to take a less than 10 per cent holding in the company, which had revenues of less than Rs 1 lakh for financial year 2016-17.
"We are neither defending the government nor are we going to follow the NGO line," a visibly irked Supreme Court judge, who is part of a Constitution bench hearing cases challenging the validity of Aadhaar, said today.
The Finance Minister also said that the government will come up with a scheme to assign every enterprise a unique ID just like Aadhaar
The IAMAI is an industry association that counts companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and a host of other Internet- based Indian and foreign companies
JAM as a phrase was added to the Indian policy lexicon by the Economic Survey three years ago
Fielding questions on Twitter in a live chat, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey said that Aadhaar is based on minimum information and biometrics which is "least intrusive".
The word gained popularity due to Aadhaar card, which was in news last year and is likely to remain in highlight this year as well.
The January 5 order of the high court had created much chaos in the state, as a large number of accused continued to languish in jails despite getting bail, but not getting release warrants due to delay in verification of Aadhaar.
UIDAI had a strange reply in store to a woman who complained that her Aadhaar was linked to nine mobile numbers without her knowledge
He also expressed his fears that non-government companies have databases which can store personal data along with the Aadhaar details in another tweet
Mohandas Pai said there is no evidence of any breach of iris or fingerprint data which is encrypted in Aadhaar.
"I, however, don't want any change in EVMs to integrate this feature," Rawat said.
The Congress government, which introduced Aadhaar, is opposing the government's stand that it should be compulsory for receiving the benefits of state-sponsored welfare schemes.
The argument was made before a five-judge Constititution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra which commenced hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the government's flagship Aadhaar programme and its enabling Act of 2016.