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Related News Actor Tom Holland says he didn’t reach out to actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to prepare for the role of Spider-Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe films. #vivegam???? http://tco/oy23b7RKxj — venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) February 1 2017 Vivegam boasts an all-star cast including Ajith Vivek Oberoi Kajal Aggarwal Akshara Haasan among others It is produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and expected to release in April this year For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Nandan Nilekani | Published: March 9 2016 12:00 am The Parliament House Related News Science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” He was absolutely right but in public policy engineering is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the widespread adoption of any technology; it also has to be buttressed by design simplicity a scalable architecture an “open” platform satisfying multiple stakeholders privacy safeguards and trust India will soon cross 100 crore Aadhaar numbers and the current Aadhaar Bill in Parliament is important infrastructure to enable government to go paperless presence-less and cashless This will catapult India to the front of the league of nations whose governments use technology to create an effective efficient and modern welfare state that treats its people with dignity Every entrepreneur knows that if you wait for all lights to be green you will never leave home I took the Aadhaar job in 2009 with the understanding that a law would eventually be passed and that we had solid legal grounds to initiate the project Because of the decision to start and not wait today we have close to a billion numbers issued and visible evidence of its utility with Rs 10000 crore-plus savings in LPG subsidy in one year alone But Aadhaar now needs regulatory legitimacy to operate at its full potential The current bill is a balanced synthesis of various stakeholder perspectives and adequately addresses the concerns of the Supreme Court Let’s take a look at the bill and what kinds of revolutions it could enable The key features of the Aadhaar Bill are in the details Enrolment is voluntary It shall only be used as proof of identity and not as proof of citizenship It enables the government to prevent fraud corruption and waste by requiring the Aadhaar number for delivery of any benefit subsidy or service from the Consolidated Fund of India such as LPG subsidy MGNREGA wages various insurance schemes provident fund schemes government scholarships and much more It does not prohibit the usage of Aadhaar for any other purpose by any public or private entity It provides privacy protection at an unprecedented level for Indian law For example it has one “use limitation” — it can only be used for the purpose for which the user gives consent Two “collection limitation” — no information other than demographic (name address date of birth sex and optionally email id/ mobile number) and biometric (photo fingerprint and iris scan) will be collected No other personal information of an individual will be in the Aadhaar database Three “access and rectification” — the user can access his own information and has an obligation to rectify it if it needs updating Four no demographic information or identity information received from the Unique Identification Authority of India can be displayed publicly Five the only exception to certain confidentiality (but not security) obligations is national security provided an order to disclose information is issued either by a court or by a joint secretary or higher officer and vetted by a high-powered committee headed by the cabinet secretary Even then sharing of a particular piece of information will be permitted only for a limited time period Further that no core biometric information can be shared is a principle without exception — people saying that core biometric information will be shared are wrong because Clause 29(1) is not overridden by Clause 33(2) Finally the bill includes stringent penalties including imprisonment for breach of privacy and other violations Overall the law represents a useful synthesis of the learning feedback and advice that two governments have received and should take care of the Supreme Court’s concerns that Aadhaar was functioning in a legislative vacuum without accountability Moreover as the recent net neutrality debate shows there is a clear and present danger of “digital colonisation” An important aspect of that is who manages the online digital identity that people will use to access the internet We run the grave risk that all our online access will be in the hands of a few foreign internet “gatekeepers” that will track all our digital activities In that context the Aadhaar platform which gives an open secure and privacy-protected digital ID to a billion Indian residents to access the internet will be a critical bulwark to ensure our digital independence The massive savings from a limited deployment of Aadhaar show that it is a powerful instrument against retail corruption far better than creating another bureaucratic layer that only deepens the decision-making gridlock Once the bill is passed India could see a Cambrian explosion of innovation inside and outside government It would enable unprecedented financial inclusion It could eliminate more than 2000 crore pages of paper (a low guesstimate) It could enable more than 300 million daily seekers of government services to save at least two hours every day It could eliminate fraud in government subsidies of at least Rs 50000 crore every year It would enable linking individuals to an organisation that has a unique enterprise number and this would shift enforcement to big data rather than feet-on-street It could unclog our highways and eliminate waiting rooms in hospitals It could eliminate fraud in degrees and substantially improve labour market matching And much more In the wonderful book The Case for India written in 1930 by historian Will Durant he lamented “…study and writing were frivolous things in the presence of a people — one-fifth of the human race — suffering poverty and oppression bitterer than any to be found elsewhere on the earth… I was filled with astonishment and indignation at the apparently conscious and deliberate bleeding of India by England throughout a hundred and fifty years I began to feel that I had come upon the greatest crime in all history” India has not only beaten the odds but come a long way since 1947; we are a vibrant democracy a growing economy and a cultural honeypot Aadhaar can accelerate India’s rise and fulfil our tryst with destiny It is time for legislation action and innovation The writer is former chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Battered by successive election defeats Congress is likely to hold a brainstorming AICC meet in March next year to work out a strategy to arrest the party’s sliding base and enthuse its cadres Party sources today said that such a meeting could be held in March to hammer out solutions for the party after Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi receives inputs from the states and districts by February end for which AICC general secretaries were given specific instructions on Wednesday The last AICC meeting was held on January 17 this year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in which Gandhi had said that "though there is a tough battle ahead the Congress will go into battle as warrior with heads held high" Representational image AFP It was the same meeting during which Manishankar Aiyar had made controversial "tea-seller" remark against the then BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi The Lok Sabha polls saw the Congress tally plummeting from 206 in 2009 to a mere 44 Since then serious deliberations have started in Congress about its ideological pull connect with masses and form of organisation as the party entered into its 130th year on Sunday Top leadership of the party will be present in the AICC on December 28 when the party will observe its 130th Foundation Day The party Vice President who was Congress face for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in which the party recorded its worst-ever performance has begun a post-mortem of the debacle and held a series of consultations with leaders from across the country in groups Many leaders in Congress believe that the challenge before the party this time is bigger as while on one hand it’s vote base in Hindi states has been taken by parties representing caste aspirations it faces a ‘Hindutva’ force at the national level amid an impression having been created that Congress appeases minority in the name of secularism In his Wednesday consultations with party general secretaries and frontal wing chiefs Gandhi asked them to reach out to workers at the grass-roots for feedback on how to take the party forward after successive poll debacles Reacting to questions on whether Rahul Gandhi asked them to seek the feedback of grassroot leaders on whether the party is perceived as "anti-Hindu" AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said" Gandhi made no such remarks It is completely untrue" Maintaining that he was present in the meeting and had briefed the media about it Ahmed said"He asked us to get the feedback from party workers on carrying forward to states and districts the core ideology of Congress and about structured strengthening of the party He also wanted feedback on whether the process of appointment of office bearers should be through elections or nominations or it should be a combination of both and how to extend the expand the reach of party in all sections and that the focus should be on taking up state specific issues Ahmed said At the AICC briefing party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi dubbed the reports regarding Congress seeking feedback on its perceived "anti-Hindu" image as "highly speculative" "This is too general and a vague question I am not here to comment on speculative news reports We do not do that Yes a meeting did take place in which various issues were discussed "But that does not mean I will confirm whatever else is said in reports" Singhvi said when asked about a newspaper report Sources however maintained that though the issue was not discussed in the Wednesday meeting some leaders had voiced this concern to Gandhi in earlier deliberations that the Opposition was successful in creating an impression that Congress was resorting to minoritysm and there is a need to correct that impression The issue has earlier also been flagged in public domain by some senior leaders including party veteran AK Antony but later he as well as the party had described his remarks as concerned with only Kerala politics In the meeting Gandhi had asked the general secretaries to prepare a report within two months with feedback from block and district-level workers to reinvigorate the party and widen its mass-base The deadline for membership enrolment for the party for the next organisational election too comes to end in February The defeat trail of Congress has not stopped since the Lok Sabha polls which saw its tally dropping to an abysmal 44 from 206 in 2009 Barring the Assembly election results in some states a few months ago there has been no silver lining for the party in the last six months PTI Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: January 24 2017 3:48 am Shiv Sena Party Chief Uddhav Thackrey Top News At each Shiv Sena shakha across Mumbai a small blackboard highlights development works such as the coastal road wharf ferry services and drinking water projects to name just a few as achievements under the leadership of party president Uddhav Thackeray Till recently the pink-and-blue chalk messages scribbled on these blackboards also served as a warning against migrants Since the party’s formation on June 19 1966 these little blackboards have survived serving as the party’s most effective method of communication even while going after migrants from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh However today the scenario has changed Development has replaced the migrant plank for the Mumbai civic polls Watch What Else Is Making News: Even the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) which had upstaged the Sena in its anti-north Indian campaigns since its formation in 2006 is no longer making noises about ‘Marathi asmita’ At the MNS headquarters in Dadar development — and not migrants — is what is being discussed Now what are the factors that made the migrant plank redundant in Mumbai and in Maharashtra politics Have regional parties like the Shiv Sena and the MNS realised that divisive politics does not bring electoral dividends Or are they following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s campaign model based on the development plank Prof R B Bhagat at the Department of Migration and Urban Studies International Institute for Population Sciences says “Global studies have shown that anti-migrant politics survive only when there is a huge development deficit When those at the helm of administration or governance miserably fail it creates a vacuum fuelling public sentiments to become tools at the hands of parties playing divisive politics” For any politics to sustain he says it has to be based on the ground realities Explaining the migrant scenario in Mumbai Bhagat says “If we look at the census the total migrants in the city and its suburbs in the year 2017 should work out to 8 lakh The total population of Mumbai is 14 crore The entire Maharashtra population is 1125 crore A majority of the migrants are from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar However migrant population which has shown a substantial increase in the extended suburbs eastern and western is not because of migrants from outside alone Almost 50 per cent of the migrants come to Mumbai from backward villages or towns across Maharashtra” The Sena’s studied silence on migrants appears to be part of a well-calculated strategy to consolidate its base beyond the 26 per cent Marathi votebank in Mumbai Thackeray has realised that to retain number one position in the BMC polls they have to make inroads among Gujarati (17 per cent) and north Indian voters (20 per cent) Over this another 37 per cent voters include south Indians Bengalis Rajasthanis and Punjabis According to a Sena poll manager the aggressive anti-migrant agenda in the last three BMC polls may have helped to keep the party’s Marathi votebank intact but the number of seats won showed a steady decline from 100 to 75 This shows the Sena vote share has shrunk The BJP tally was 31 seats MNS 28 Congress 52 NCP 13 and others 28 in 2012 The BJP with a pan-India image like the Congress has often steered away from an emotive anti-north Indian plank even when it was in alliance with the Sena in the last three elections Says BJP’s Shrikant Bharatiya “From a party with a difference we have graduated to power with a difference” MNS general secretary Shalini Thackeray agrees that the party is now focusing on development “Our commitment to sons of the soil remains But we are highlighting development to expose the failures of the Shiv Sena and the BJP in coalition in the BMC for the last 19 years Why couldn’t the Sena give even good roads to Mumbai” she says For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News

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