In perhaps its most serious setback so far, a Parliamentary Committee has rejected the Bill that governs the project to assign unique IDs to all Indians. Worse, the Standing Committee on Finance has advised the government to “reconsider and review the UID scheme” itself. Its report was placed in Parliament on Tuesday.
The questions that the Standing Committee has raised are significant and wide-ranging. They span technical and financial feasibility, echo worries about privacy and possible (malign) changes to the social contract between the government and the citizenry, procedural anomalies like creating the UIDAI even before the bill had been passed, and more.
At this time, I am surprised that this report, easily the largest challenge to the UIDAI till date, has received such little attention in the media. Strange. Anyway, here is a small snapshot of the report that I filed. Do take a look.
I am now wondering how things will pan out from here onwards. As that grotesque old journalistic cliche goes, wait and watch.