When Mula was felled by 'financial inclusion'

For months, Mula’s wages for her MGNREGA work in Dadeora village of Uttar Pradesh were lost in a maze of online accounts and direct benefit transfers, which often add to the distress of the rural poor

March 18, 2019 | Puja Awasthi

Pick a card, any card, in Dharauta…
• Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Pick a card, any card, in Dharauta…

Does having an Aadhaar card make access to all government schemes a lot easier? A hunger death in a village in UP’s Allahabad district shows that the process of getting any card can overwhelm the poor

July 9, 2018 | Puja Awasthi

Good enough to vote, not enough for Aadhaar

Parwati Devi's fingers are damaged due to leprosy. So this waste worker in Lucknow – and possibly thousands similarly afflicted – cannot get an Aadhaar card, and without it cannot get her disability pension or rations

March 30, 2018 | Puja Awasthi

Fake ration cards or faulty Aadhaar data?

Mismatched numbers, wrong photos, disappearing names, fingerprinting errors – Aadhaar is in full flow in AP's Anantapur district. At the receiving end are BPL card holders who have been denied rations for months

February 26, 2018 | Rahul M.
Aadhaar robs Lakshmi of wealth
• Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

Aadhaar robs Lakshmi of wealth

Unable to access hard earned-wages, MGNREGA workers in AP's Visakhapatnam district are learning that even bearing the name of the Goddess of Wealth doesn't save you from Aadhaar's many mess-ups

February 14, 2018 | Rahul Maganti

'Aadhaar took away whatever we were getting'

With the high cost of commuting to Aadhaar centres in hilly Uttarakhand, misspelt names and other glitches, many widows, the disabled and the elderly in Champawat district have not received their pension for months

February 2, 2018 | Arpita Chakrabarty

When the man knows you, the machine doesn’t

The elderly, migrants, daily wage workers, even children in Bengaluru’s slums are among those being denied their monthly rations due to fingerprint mismatches – and in their battles with Aadhaar, Aadhaar always wins

January 24, 2018 | Vishaka George
Indu and Aadhaar – Act II, Scene 2
• Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh

Indu and Aadhaar – Act II, Scene 2

PARI’s story on how Aadhaar glitches disrupted the lives of young Dalit and Muslim schoolkids in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, has had a welcome initial fallout

January 30, 2018 | Rahul M.

What’s in a name? The agonies of Aadhaar

“My name is Indu, but my first Aadhaar card made it ‘Hindu’. So I applied for a new card [seeking a correction], but they made it ‘Hindu’ again.”  So J. Indu, a 10-year-old Dalit girl, and four other students in the fifth standard of the government primary school at Amadagur, won’t get their scholarships this year

January 16, 2018 | Rahul M.

Justice K.S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) and another versus Union of India and others

Justice K.S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) and another versus Union of India and others

On September 26, 2018, a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India (a bench of not less than five judges that deliberates  substantive questions of law in relation to the Constitutional text) gave this judgement on a string of writ petitions that questioned the constitutional validity of Aadhaar. While the majority judgement upheld Aadhaar’s constitutionality and struck down some provisions of the Aadhaar Act , Justice D.Y. Chandrachud’s dissenting judgement found the entire Act unconstitutional

September 26, 2018 | Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016

The Aadhaar Act aims to provide “efficient and transparent” delivery of subsidies, benefits and services to Indian residents by assigning them unique identity numbers. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), set up under this Act, is responsible for helping people ‘enrol’ or sign up for Aadhaar numbers, verifying their identity information, issuing Aadhaar numbers, and authenticating information provided by individuals on the request of public or private entities

March 26, 2016 | Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India