Post Truth or "Chunavi Joomla"? - UID / "Aadhaar" Robust says Minister
In the interview to 'The Hindu' published today, Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for IT, said many things, all of which fall under the category of "post truth" a modern euphemism for blunt lies, or if one wants to "make in India", it is "Chunavi Joomla".
The honorable minister claims that "Aadhaar" has saved Rs. 49,000/- under various schemes pluggig "leakages".
The entire interview responses are a tissue of lies, haf-truths and brazen lies.
Take the word "leakages" for instance. Why term theft of subsidies as "leakages"? It is just to avoid investigation into theft. If such huge sums of subsidies or subsidiesed goods are stolen, that would call for an investigation. Calling it "leakages" absolves the government of the responsibility to investigate.
Without investigating how the crime of subsidy theft is committed, how does the government decide that "Aadhaar" is the solution?
Would the minister like to say whether the contracts UIDAI has with Biometric Solution Providers violate Section 29 (2) of the Act ("Aadhaar" Targeted Deliveries Act), since he claims "no core biometric information shall be shared with anyone for any reason whatsoever"?
Since, Shri Prasad is also a lawyer, can he say that if a law is passed by Parliament, during the pendency of a case in the Supreme Court, wherein the Court has issued interim stay orders directing the government not to make UID / "Aadhaar" mandatory, the government may go ahead and violate the stay orders of the Court?
Shri. Prasad does not explain how his assertions before the 2014 elections that the UID / "Aadhaar" scheme is a threat to national security, since illegal immigrants are getting "Aadhaar cards" have now vanished. If he were honest, he should have explained his before and after (2014) stand, when asked why his government is advocating the scheme he opposed earlier.
He says in another answer in the interview, "Till date there is no leakage of data from the system. We have blacklisted 34,000 (enrolling) agencies." What were these agencies blacklisted for? (The minister is conveniently silent.) Does he think such ommissions will go unnoticed? Does he not know that many FIRs have been filed for fraudulent enrolments by these agencies? How can he deny knowledge of this? He participated in a panel discussion of 'Headlines Today' TV wherein he congratulated the channel for exposing the frauds in the UID enrollments. Political and ministerial amenisia endangers the Nation. Shri Prasad should refresh his memory and not kowtow to whoever is pushing this nefarious scheme.
He should explain how PM Modi, who opposed the UID / "Aadhaar" scheme has become its fan. In fact, Modi himself should tell the Nation what made him change.
Watch the video of the 'U' Turn of Shri Prasad and the PM by following the 'You Tube' link below