Achuthanandan voices misgivings about UID project

CPI(M) veteran VS Achuthanandan expressed misgivings about the UID scheme launched by the Centre "without proper debate" in Parliament.

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2011, 19:55 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: CPI(M) veteran V S
Achuthanandan on Wednesday expressed misgivings about the UID scheme
launched by the Centre "without proper debate" in Parliament
and alleged that the true intention behind the programme was
to help IT firms hit by the global downturn.

The Centre was moving ahead with the Unique Identification
Number (UID) campaign without bothering about its implications
or taking into account the experiences of countries which had
abandoned it mid-way after realising the dangers involved,
Achuthanandnan, who is Kerala Opposition Leader, said.

The UID programme envisaged collection of bio-metric
details of each citizen,without factoring in the security
implications or invasion of privacy. Countries like the United
Kingdom and Philippines had abandoned the project mid-way
after realising the latent dangers,he said.

In India, the project had been announced without a proper
debate in Parliament or bringing in a draft bill, the former
Chief Minister said in a statement here.
The true intention behind the scheme was to help IT
companies hit by the global downturn, he alleged.

Achuthanandan took strong objection to UDF government`s
decision to fast-track the UID campaign in the state, as
announced by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy soon after coming
to power.

PTI