A one-day national seminar on ‘Managerial Challenges in Implementing the Aadhaar Programme in India’ was conducted on Apr. 26 by the Department of Management and Commerce, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysore campus, at Bogadi II stage here.

Prof. K.C. Belliappa, former Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh and Chairman, Education Council, Sree Cauvery Educational Institutions, Kuvempunagar, was the guest of honour.

In his inaugural address, he pointed at several problems in the implementation of Aadhaar programme and felt it should reach the grassroot level. Quoting statistics, he brought out the alarming state of affairs in the nation and the need for such an identity in this context.

Dr. Dharanidevi Malagatti, Superintendent of Police and Deputy Director, Karnataka Police Academy, Mysore, who was the chief guest opined that it is the usual practice to blame the governance, but equally important is the role of the general public. Citing the example of fingerprints, she felt the huge collection of biometric data for Aadhaar can be usefully utilised by the Police and other departments too.

Dr. S.N. Prasad, former Principal and Retd. Professor of Physics, RIE, Mysore, in his key note address clarified that Aadhaar is for 'residents' of India and not for citizens of India. He also presented different biometric and demographic issues relating to Aadhaar card.

More than 25 papers on the theme and various sub-themes like legal issues, IT-related issues, budgetary challenges, logistic challenges and challenges related to State-level implementation were presented in two parallel technical sessions. Around 120 delegates actively participated in the seminar.

Maj. Gen. S.G. Vombatkere (retd.), in his special lecture raised a number of pertinent questions to highlight the limitations of the very concept of Aadhaar programme. What started out as a simple ID card that would be provided to all Indians, turned into a card that would benefit the poor and now into a card mandatory for receiving any benefit from the government. ‘Aadhaar is an invasion into privacy,’ he remarked. Any loss of such huge confidential data would be an indication of the failure of system designing and system managing, he felt.

The alleged coercion by way of which governments are said to be enrolling residents for Aadhaar was the highlight of his talk. He said that Aadhaar programme must be reconsidered and reviewed.

Dr. Bhamy V. Shenoy, in his special lecture, said that if Aadhaar is implemented properly it can be 'a game changer.' Aadhaar platform, he felt, must be used for further improvement in Public Distribution System.

Prof. B. Shivaraj, Chairman, Bahadur Institute of Management Sciences, University of Mysore, in his valedictory address said that it is the duty of the government to provide its citizens some proof of identity.

Proceedings of the seminar was released during the valedictory function. Dr. B.N. Nagaraj, Dean- Academics, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, presided.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore