Has Aadhaar Lost Its Foundation?

Last week, the United Progressive Alliance government pulled the plug on an initiative that would have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)’s Aadhaar programme, which was to enable the depositing of cash subsidies in Aadhaar-linked bank accounts so recipients could then buy cooking gas or LPG cylinders at market rates.   This apparently because Defence Minister … Continued

Aadhar should be led by a less glamorous person

Almost every fortnight, Nandan Nilekani knocks on the doors of the Reserve Bank to push his case for making Aadhaar an easy gateway to a bank account. He has reached a frontier that, when crossed, could multiply the number of Indians, untouched by high-street banks, to have accounts. Read More