Aadhaar – support
I had been to the Aadhar enrollment center in Vasai today morning and was not pleased with the experience there. For a population of 174396 (indicative population of 8 lacs in the Vasai-Virar region) (Census 2011) Class I town the infrastructure that’s been provided is pretty basic and insufficient. The programme was launched in the Vasai-Virar on the 18th of January 2011 has managed to get only 10% of the population registered (as on 10th July). There are currently 8 stations for the enrollment right now. As per the earlier report, the total number of stations required to complete the process by March ’12 is 23 stations. Clearly they are insufficient for the population of the region.
When the programme was launched, the VVMC planed to create awareness through cable channels and by distributing pamphlets to residential buildings also banners were to be put up giving details of the project. Though the awareness has been created to some extent, the infrastructure required to carry out this exercise is falling short. Vasai has just the two machines at the two centers designated for the purpose – one at the Thesildar’s office in Vasai and one at the Mahanagarpalika office at Diwanmaan. I was at the Diwanmaan office today and this is what was told to me.
- The tokens for enrollment were issued yesterday (15th July)
- Close to 12,000 tokens were issued and enrollment of those will begin next month
- The next round of tokens will be issued in March 2012
- It takes about 20-25 minutes for the enrollment process
- The center does only 30-40 enrollments per day.
- The enrollment need not be done at the closest center, you can do it anywhere in the state.
How to solve this problem, Simple, speak to the corporator in your area and ask them to raise the issue in the council when it convenes next. Hopefully, this will help get more stations in the region and the exercise will be complete at the earliest.
Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique number which the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will issue for all residents. The number will be stored in a centralised database and linked to the basic demographics and biometric information – photograph, ten fingerprints and iris – of each individual.
Aadhaar-based identification will have these features:
- Universality, which is ensured because Aadhaar will over time be recognised and accepted across the country and across all service providers.
- Every resident’s entitlement to the number.
- The number will consequently form the basic, universal identity infrastructure over which Registrars and Agencies across the country can build their identity-based applications.
- Unique Identification of India (UIDAI) will build partnerships with various Registrars across the country to enrol residents for the number. Such Registrars may include state governments, state Public Sector Units (PSUs), banks, telecom companies, etc. These Registrars may in turn partner with enrolling agencies to enrol residents into Aadhaar.
- Aadhaar will ensure increased trust between public and private agencies and residents. Once residents enrol for Aadhaar, service providers will no longer face the problem of performing repeated Know Your Customer (KYC) checks before providing services. They would no longer have to deny services to residents without identification documents. Residents would also be spared the trouble of repeatedly proving identity through documents each time they wish to access services such as obtaining a bank account, passport, or driving license etc.
- By providing a clear proof of identity, Aadhaar will empower poor and underprivileged residents in accessing services such as the formal banking system and give them the opportunity to easily avail various other services provided by the Government and the private sector. The centralised technology infrastructure of the UIDAI will enable ‘anytime, anywhere, anyhow’ authentication. Aadhaar will thus give migrants mobility of identity. Aadhaar authentication can be done both offline and online, online authentication through a cell phone or land line connection will allow residents to verify their identity remotely. Remotely, online Aadhaar-linked identity verification will give poor and rural residents the same flexibility that urban non-poor residents presently have in verifying their identity and accessing services such as banking and retail. Aadhaar will also demand proper verification prior to enrolment, while ensuring inclusion. Existing identity databases in India are fraught with problems of fraud and duplicate or ghost beneficiaries. To prevent these problems from seeping into the Aadhaar database, the UIDAI plans to enrol residents into its database with proper verification of their demographic and biometric information. This will ensure that the data collected is clean from the beginning of the program. However, much of the poor and under-privileged population lack identity documents and Aadhaar may be the first form of identification they will have access to. The UIDAI will ensure that its Know Your Resident (KYR) standards do not become a barrier for enrolling the poor and has accordingly developed an Introducer system for residents who lack documentation. Through this system, authorised individuals (‘Introducers’) who already have an Aadhaar, can introduce residents who don’t have any identification documents, enabling them to receive their Aadhaar.
The process to get an Aadhaar is pretty simple residents need to go to the nearest Enrolment Camp to register for an Aadhaar. The resident primarily needs to carry an ID proof and a residence proof – Original : Ration Card , Pan Card or Passport or Driving licence or Any government ID.
Upon registering for Aadhaar, residents will go through a biometric scanning of ten fingerprints and iris. They will then be photographed and given an enrolment number upon completion. Depending on the enrolment agency, residents will be issued an Aadhaar number within 60 to 90 days.
Some of the major problems that India faces
- Water shortage in most parts of the country
- The standard of education in government schools
- High cost of real estate in urban india
- A ‘slow’ and ‘overburdened’ legal system
- Bad (pot holed) Roads
- The absence of a pan indian attitude to Hindi
- Communalism and divisive politics
- Low wages/rewards to the army
- Unemployability of youth
- Lack of jobs which pay decent wages.
- High cost / unavailability of electricity
- Farmer suicides & debt
- Inability to produce Olympic calibre sportsmen
- Border disputes with China and Pakistan
- Terrorists (internal)
- Terrorists (external)
- A poorly equipped police force
- Corruption in government
- Poor pay for nurses, teachers, police, armed forces
- Lack of healthcare in rural india
- Noise pollution in cities
- Environmental pollution
- Open sewage drains
- Open garbage bins
- Slums (not slum dwellers)
- Apathy in public service bodies, like the passport office, ration shop, government hospitals, rtos, electricity office, water supply board, city development authorities.
- Domestic violence, child labour, single woman, safety of ladies, economic issues of elderly people, corruption in municipal corporation…
Can we try to tackle these problems and emerge as a better India?
Voting is a right which has been given by our Constitution and is very crucial for existence of a democratic set up. Unfortunately, half of the country’s population does not participate in this process. This is really a very sad approach on the part of the citizens. In some countries people are literally dying to be able to cast a ballot and make a difference. So my request to all of the concerned citizens to vote in the upcoming elections at any cost.
There are several other reasons to vote:
- You should believe that every single vote counts. Governments have fallen and candidates have lost by one vote. So dont’t feel that your vote does not matters.
- By voting you get the choice to choose the leaders. You decide whom do you want to lead.
- Through voting you can express your opinion. Many of us want to convey what we feel about particular policy or how things should be. Voting is the best way to do that.
- By voting you ensure that the candidate is made accountable to the public.
- Voting is your national duty. If you vote then it shows that you are respecting the constitution of India.
- If you get out to vote on election day, you can set right example for people around you. Let everyone know that you care enough about your homeland.
- If you don’t vote you really have no right to complain about government decisions/policies you don’t like.
- If you feel that each candidate is worst/corrupt/not eligible for vote. Go ahead and make use of 49-o and say “I Vote Nobody”. Else select best from worst.
- The entire election process is based on ceratin arithemetics/calculations. After all it is just a number game. But if the voting percentage increases then let me tell you that only deserving candidates will be elected. It is only when we fail to vote, wrong people are elected.
This time around there are maximum number of young voters. Our past generation might not have voted but this generation needs to change the few things. A democracy is of no use when the government is of the people, for the people but not by the people.
There are few important topics looming over India which will decide our future. And the result of these policies will be inherited by the coming generation. The economic reforms, getting more digitalized, global warming, environment, fuel consumption, infrastructure, security, national integrity etc. It is very easy to be unconcerned about your right to vote and take a “whatever, who cares” kind of attitude about it. If you don’t vote, you effectively blow away your ability to have any influence as to how these issues should be sorted or how these issues will play out in future.
You will have to decide what you want to give to your coming generation. If you are taking voting for granted then just check out internet to find how many people have fought/died to get this weapon in several other countries.
Remember, People who don’t participate in political and democratic process are punished to be governed by the dumb.
You will have to vote this time. It is your right, responsibility and a weapon which you are being given. Now, Go out and Vote!!
Yesterday the Supreme Court of India passed a landmark judgment regarding the reservations in education system. Though the battle against the reservation system has been lurking for a year now, followed by the much publicized protests and angry demonstrations across the country.
So now there is a 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in central education institutions including Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The Supreme Court ruled but also maintained that the “creamy layer” (details below) among the backwards would not get reservation.
According to Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan “Reservation is one of the tools used to preserve essence of equality so that disadvantaged groups can be brought to the forefront of civil life.”
In simple terms: The Apex Court upheld Article 15(5) that was inserted through the 93rd amendment, as well as the Central Education Institutions (Reserve Admission) Act. The amendment allowed reservations in all education institutions, including private colleges. Currently we have 27% quota for OBCs, 17% is reserved for SCs, and 7.5% for STs. The total reservation is now a whopping 49.5%.
What is the Creamy Layer?
Children of the following wont benefit.. for now…
- Servicing and past Presidents, Vice Presidents, Supreme Court judges and High Court judges.
- Class I and II officers of Central and State Services and Public Sector Units.
- Colonels and above in Army and equivalent posts in Navy, Air Force.
- Doctors, Lawyers, Industrialists.
- People owning agricultural land above a certain limit.
- Those who earn over Rs. 2.5 lakh annually.
I feel that the reservations if any should be at the School level and not above that as it kills the competitive spirit of education.