IDEA FOR FUTURE

Idea for future


With reference to “Now, Aadhaar must for opening bank accounts” (June 17), the piecemeal introduction of additional requirements for carrying out normal financial transactions makes citizens averse to innovations and helps middlemen make an easy buck for providing “services” which in the normal course should come free. Aadhaar, from the time the idea of “universal identity”, has suffered from the absence of a “project approach” in implementation. Politicians, professionals, the government of India, the media and social activists have contributed in equal measure in confounding the confusion that was the twin of Aadhaar. At least at this stage, the government should professionalise further processes in the implementation of Aadhaarand restore its credibility in the minds of citizens.

An all-purpose single identity number for each individual is a still sound idea for the future. That will solve number portability issues and minimise irritants such as problems arising from spelling changes in names, addresses etc. caused by outsourced service providers who manage compilation and processing of data.

M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram

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