Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3) The way Aadhar has been imposed, it inflicts heavy damage on the poor and the unprivileged. Comment. (250 words)
Why this question
Aadhar has important economic and privacy implications. The way Aadhar has been implemented creates significant scope for damaging the scope of welfare of the poor and the unprivileged, which needs to be discussed.
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an opinion as to whether the way Aadhar has been imposed, it inflicts heavy damage on the poor. We have to back our opinion on the issue with sufficient and proper arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few introductory lines about the economic benefits of the Aadhar in terms of service delivery.
Discuss how Aadhar implementation creates scope for inflicting damage on the poor and the unprivileged. E.g When benefits are paid through Aadhaar-enabled means such as the Aadhaar Payments Bridge System (APBS), the first step is to seed the list of beneficiaries with the corresponding Aadhaar numbers; Seeding is a tedious operation and it has to be done each time a new scheme is inducted. Those who have failed to comply are simply removed from the lists. Poor people often find themselves deprived of their rights in the process; Whenever ABBA has been imposed in the PDS, large numbers of poor people have been deprived of their food rations. Meanwhile, evidence from Jharkhand suggests that ABBA is of little use in reducing PDS corruption. Nevertheless, the central government is determined to make ABBA compulsory for food rations, with cosmetic exemptions; Another source of confusion is the APBS’s “last Aadhaar-linked account” (LALA) rule, whereby Aadhaar becomes a financial address and money is automatically sent to a person’s LALA. This rule often sent people’s money to unwanted or unknown destinations, such as someone else’s account or an Airtel wallet etc.
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.