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It is surely the biggest Big Brother project yet conceived. India is to issue each of its 1.2 billion citizens, millions of whom live in remote villages and possess no documentary proof of existence, with cyber-age biometric identity cards.
The Government in Delhi recently created the Unique Identification Authority, a new state department charged with the task of assigning every living Indian an exclusive number. It will also be responsible for gathering and electronically storing their personal details, at a predicted cost of at least £3 billion.
India’s legions of local bureaucrats currently issue at least 20 proofs of identity, including birth certificates, driving licences and ration cards. None is accepted universally and moving from one state to the next can easily render a citizen officially invisible — a disastrous predicament for the millions of poor who rely on state handouts to survive.
It is hoped that the ID scheme will close such bureaucratic black holes while also fighting corruption. It may also be put to more controversial ends, such as the identification of illegal immigrants and tackling terrorism. A computer chip in each card will contain personal data and proof of identity, such as fingerprint or iris scans. Criminal records and credit histories may also be included.
It is hoped that the ID scheme will close such bureaucratic black holes while also fighting corruption. It may also be put to more controversial ends, such as the identification of illegal immigrants and tackling terrorism.
Millions of Indians who live in remote rural areas will finally have proof of their existence thanks to biometric identity cards
Originally posted by Moodle
anyone that carries a cell phone is stupid to be against this idea. you've willingly subjected yourself to this for years because it was cool and convenient and now you're crying like babies cause the government is going to do it for you.
Originally posted by searching_for_truth
Talking about business, the supplier of such card would be making a fortune out of it.
1.2 billion ??? Just put a price on each card say a dollar each.
That's a lot of money! Now, that is a real conspiracy.