Thiruvananthapuram: CPI-M veteran VS
Achuthanandan on Friday demanded that the Centre abandon the
Aadhar project to issue unique ID numbers to all citizens,
considering security and ethical consequences involved.
"Similar projects had been given up by many countries
after realising the dangers involved and in India it is being
pushed to serve the interests of the industrial lobby," he
said in a statement here.
Under the scheme, biometric statistics of individuals
such as their thumb impression and details of retina are
Achuthanandan said experts are of the view that these
biometric features could be manipulated in the UID card, which
could lead to serious security issues later.
Also, the whole project posed the ethical question of
invasion into the privacy of individuals.
The Citizenship Act of 1955 and Citizenship Rules of 2003
concerning the national registry of population did not insist
on the need to collect biometric details of people.
Achuthanandan said a circular had been issued by the
Department of Public Instructions in Kerala, ordering school
authorities to collect details of children for the UID without
the prior consent of they or their parents.