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Deadline for Aadhaar Cards on February 28, 2014 in West Bengal

The West Bengal government set February 28 as the deadline for distributing Aadhaar cards among all Bengal residents, prompting many to wonder about the feasibility of covering over six crore people in little over five-and-a-half months. Providing Aadhaar numbers to all citizens above the age of five is the precursor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s dream project…

Micromax and Samsung in a race for smartphone dominance in India

Micromax is the second largest smartphone brand in India with a 22% market share, closely trailing Samsung at 26%, according to IDC. The homegrown smartphone brand is now gunning to topple Samsung by Diwali to become the largest smartphone player. According to IDC India, local smartphone brands now account for over half of all smartphone…

Aadhaar recognizes 1,600 more transgender persons

This is an ongoing update of Aadhaar and UID. In that in October of 2011 there had already been over 12,500 issued as transgender to various communities around the India. Life is a daily struggle for transgender and Hijras through out the world but especially in India which makes the foresight of the UID team…

Iris scans gets a thumbs up from US Gov NIST; Welcome to the party 10 years late.

A new report by biometric researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) uses data from thousands of frequent travelers enrolled in an iris recognition program to determine that no consistent change occurs in the distinguishing texture of their irises for at least a decade. These findings inform identity program administrators on how…

More than 400 mn Indians have Aadhaar numbers

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has issued more than 402.9 million Aadhaar numbers till date and the body will achieve the target of 600 million enrolments by 2014. “UIDAI has reiterated that the target of 60 crore Aadhaar enrolments will be achieved by 2014. More than 40 crore 29 lakh Aadhaar numbers have been issued till date…

‘UID enrollment low in posh areas’

There are two factors working here 1) that the goal of UID is to reach and enable the poor to access services but 2) that a lot of the wealthy in India do not want the system to be able to track all bank accounts and land transfers. Data sourced from BMC, the implementing agency for…

Give the poor cash! African village gets $1000 what do they do?

This is a great study that looks at direct cash transfers for the poor. The crowd that argues that the poor will drink or waste cash have clearly not spent enough time in the field or are only interested in social engineering. There is almost 20 years of studies and evidence that shows that direct…

Come September, cash subsidy for LPG to reach Rs 1.4 cr consumers

The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dr M Veerappa Moily has given go ahead to roll out  Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme in 35 more high Aadhaar coverage districts on Sept 01, 2013 in the existing DBTL States. With this total number of districts to be covered by DBTL Scheme comes to…

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