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The Lowdown: India’s Unique ID Project Unraveled By Standing Committee

A Parliamentary Standing Committee report on Finance has detailed out significant issues with the way India's Unique Identity project was conceptualized and executed, stating that there was no clear purpose, lacked proper study before being approved, conflicted with existing initiatives, had issues related to privacy, circumvented Parliament, among other issues. It has recommended, on finding that the National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010 in its present form unacceptable, that the data collected so far be transferred to the National Population Register, and the government reconsider and review the UID scheme and bring forth a fresh legislation before Parliament. With this, the UID project, which might have addressed the high cost of Know Your Customer verification, risks delays and perhaps even cancellation. The observations of the Standing Committee: 1. Circumvention of Parliament: That the clearance came from the Ministry of…

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