The nation is witnessing a serious debate surrounding the safety of citizens’ information that is being exchanged through UIDAI. After news reports of Big Data leaks connected to Aadhaar surfaced in the public domain, the BJP government at the Centre has defended the leaks by calling it events that “help citizens of the country know each other better”.
The BJP government, when in the Opposition, had severely criticised the Aadhaar for security reasons. However, ever since getting elected at the Centre, it has left no stone unturned to ensure that Aadhaar is made mandatory.
After multiple incidents of data leaks, the UIDAI chief cleared his stand saying, “The data leaks are a deliberate attempt to ensure that the citizens get to know about each other. We are the largest democracy in the world; if people do not know others’ details like bank account number, contact information, PAN, etc., are we really a transparent democracy?”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was at his oratory best, defended the information leak by calling it a “compassionate” move. Endorsing the exchange of information, be it ethical or unethical, he said, “Bhaiyyo aur bheno, jab hamare ghar mehmaan aata hai toh unhe hum khaali haath bhej dete hai kya? Nahi na? Khaana-paani puchte haina? Waise hi agar koi UIDAI ki website pe aake deshvasiyo ka data maangega toh main mana kaise kar doon? Mehmaan ko mana kaise kar doon main?”
The prime minister then took off his glasses to wipe his moist eyes, and said, “Bhaiyyo aur behno, mujhe 50 din de do. Sirf 50 din maang raha hoon aapse. Jisne bhi yeh data churaya hai uska Aadhaar Card link nahi karwa doon toh mujhe chaurahe pe latka dena.”