Pune: In the midst of several controversies regarding Aadhaar, about its privacy and data vulnerability, Shankkar Aiyar, political economy analyst, columnist and author is launching a book: ‘Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12 Digit Revolution’. The book will be released at a function at Crossword, Aundh at 6:30 pm on Friday.
In conversation with Sakal Times, Aiyar spoke about the benefits of the Aadhaar. He said that the issues related to vulnerability of data are being resolved. He also said that the government must improve capacity, infrastructure, especially connectivity, at the village level to make the platform more effective.
“The issue of data vulnerability is real, but some issues are presently being addressed. The ministries have been sensitised now. Personal and Aadhaar info is now being encrypted with barcode,” he added.
While there was a lot of agitation over the government’s decision to link Aadhaar with PAN, Aiyar believes that the move was plainly made to keep track of corrupt practices and nothing else.
“It is useful to remember that while the Income Tax Department has a person’s PAN, bank account number and Aadhaar number as well as financial details, the Aadhaar platform does not have any other details. As of now, the government cannot leverage the platform to snoop on citizens,” Aiyar said.