[AI] disability and census

rahul cherian rahul.cherian at inclusiveplanet.com
Mon Apr 19 09:34:06 EDT 2010


Interesting article on this issue in the deccan chronicle:

UID is an invasion of privacy: Experts

The Nandan Nilekani headed Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
came in for much criricism at the first of a series of debates on the issue
organised in the city on Friday - Deccan Chronicle, April 17th.


Bengaluru, April 16: Legal experts and several ordinary people find the move
to give all citizens of the country an identity number an invasion of their
privacy. The Nandan Nilekani headed Unique Identification Authority of India
(UIDAI) came in for much criricism at the first of a series of debates on
the issue organised in the city on Friday.

Participants found the idea of concentrating so much power in one authority
frightening. One of the panelists Usha Ramanathan of the Centre for the
Study of Developing Societies said that in two or three years people would
not be able to travel without carrying their identity numbers on them. "The
logic behind this is that if you don't have a number, you don't exist. Our
personal information will be fed into the systems of various agencies with a
certain set of people handling that data. Allowing so much power in the
guise of security is handing too much control to the State," Ms Ramanathan
said.

Malavika Jayaram of the Centre for internet and Society, described the UID
as “a technological solution to a problem that isn't even technological in
nature.”

Gautam John of Pratham Books, however, felt that a mechanism such as the UID
could help identify school dropouts and in tracking quality of education.

But most complained about a lack of clarity on the issue

On 19 April 2010 17:52, Asudani, Rajesh <rajeshasudani at rbi.org.in> wrote:

> Well, ways of India are strange, like those of God himself!!!!
> Though everybody knows that caste does form an indispensable factor for
> many things in India, including discrimination throughout millennia and its
> consequent reverse or compensatory discrimination/affirmative action, and
> even constitutional facilities like reservations etc., it is not counted in
> census.
> We are habituated to avoiding uncomfortable realities, in the naive belief
> that by doing so, we are eliminating them.
> It is like a child who believes that by closing his eyes, he can not see
> others, and so has become invisible himself to others as well!!!!
>
>
>
> Regards
>
> "Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God-- but to create
> Him."
>
>                                        --Arthur C. Clarke
>
> (Rajesh Asudani)
>
> Assistant General Manager,
> Reserve Bank of India
> Nagpur
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in [mailto:
> accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Subramani L
> Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 5:22 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] disability and census
>
> UID is just a number and it is going to simply say that so and so is
> actually so and so. There has not been any talk of adding any questions
> about caste or creed. Our discussion has been on whether or not one
> should reveal one's identity as a disabled person if that becomes a
> question.
>
> Subramani
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Asudani,
> Rajesh
> Sent: Monday, April 19, 2010 11:37 AM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: Re: [AI] disability and census
>
> Wonderful, Jalaja!!
> I am amazed why such simple questions raised by our kind-hearted,  clear
> headed and forthright doctor friend are not being answered by any one on
> this enlightened list!!!!!
>
>
> Regards
>
> "Perhaps our role on this planet is not to worship God-- but to create
> Him."
>
>                                        --Arthur C. Clarke
>
> (Rajesh Asudani)
>
> Assistant General Manager,
> Reserve Bank of India
> Nagpur
> 09420397185
> O: 0712 2806676
> Res: 0712 2591349
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in
> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Dr Jalaja
> Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2010 8:53 PM
> To: accessindia
> Subject: Re: [AI] disability and census
>
> Hello,
>           It is very clear that in the N P R form there is no column
> mentioning disability andin my knowledge   the details taken in NP R is
> coming in the U I D which is used for many purposes.My question is after
> this procedure where disability is getting included?
>                      Regards----------Dr.Jalaja
>
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