New Delhi: The anomalies in the ‘Aadhaar’ project meant to provide an identity proof to Indian nationals has raised a serious question over the future of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIADI) headed by Nandan Nilekani. If the facts are found genuine, possibilities are that the funding to the ambitious project may be stopped and the process of registration in the entire country would come to an abrupt halt.

The UPA government’s Unique Identification project has hit a roadblock as a Parliamentary Standing Committee has rejected the UID bill.

According to sources, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on finance has rejected the UID bill.
The Committee, headed by senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha has raised several questions about the viability of the project including security, collection of data and the technology used in the project.
The UPA had presented the UID bill in Rajya Sabha in December last year giving a legal sanctity to the bill.

The funding of UID project will be in jeopardy if the government accepts the recommendations of the committee, say officials in the Finance Ministry.

However, if the government accepts the committee’s recommendations then it would take the UPA another six to twelve months to prepare a new draft bill.

 In such a scenario the registration and distribution of UID numbers will be stopped.
Around 57.5 lakh ‘Aadhaar’ numbers have been allotted to the people at a total cost of Rs 556 crore. If the government decides to halt the project abruptly then it would lead to wastage of an amount to the tune worth crores.

Earlier, the Home Ministry had also raised questions about the security of data collected. The government had planned the Aadhaar project to create a unique identity for every resident of India.

JPN/Bureau