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Friday, June 26, 2009

When there is a whorl, there is a way… 

On a pleasantly rainy day in Bombay, the strutting self-appointed paragon of modern India’s consciousness is elevated to the rank of a Cabinet Minister with the responsibility of leading a project to provide a Unique Identification Number to all its denizens.

“The Unique Identification Authority shall have the responsibilities to lay down plans and policies to implement the Unique Identification Scheme, shall own and operate the Unique Identification number database and be responsible for its updation and maintenance on an ongoing basis.”

According to the renowned Identity expert Roger Clarke, of Xamax Consultancy, some of the bare minimum requirements for such an endeavour would be a Central Database, a unique Identifier, ID Card, quality control mechanisms and clearly laid out responsibility matrices.

Clearly in a country where hyperlinking among neighbouring states to share intelligence for unequivocally clear pursuits such as National Security is missing, this ID business is asking for a lot. And with the helmsman from an industry that has been implacably adamant in pottering discursively and disjointedly refusing to share employee data to smoothen data among themselves, one wonders how long this exercise would take before all hundred-and-fifteen crore of us unique individuals have something that we can proudly display/wear/brandish.

An eye-opener to the pitfalls of blind implementation is worth
noting at this juncture.


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