New Delhi, March 17: World Bank lauded the India’s Aadhar system saying that it is one of the most sophisticated systems in the whole world. CEO of World Bank Paul Romer wants other nations to adopt Aadhar system. Aadhar system today has become the vast portal for authenticating loans and job seekers, pensions and money transfers and many more things across India.
CEO of World Bank Paul Romer said that "The system in India is the most sophisticated that I’ve seen.It’s the basis for all kinds of connections that involve things like financial transactions. It could be good for the world if this became widely adopted."
Countries like Tanzania, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have shown interest in the Aadhaar system and visited India, Nandan Nilekani, former Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), who created Aadhaar, said. Not only this In 2016, RS Sharma, chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said that Russia, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia have also shown interest in Aadhaar.
"They’re all keen to see how they can replicate this in their countries," UIDAI Chairman Nilekani said. "This is a great example of how governments can build the most modern digital public infrastructure, and make it available as a public good to everybody."
However, many critics suggest that Aadhaar could put privacy at stake. But UIDAI assured there is no reason to worry as the details are safe and confidential.
In countries like UK, France and USA similar plans are widely debated. In 2010, UK announced that it was scrapping a plan for a national identity register after objections that it infringed on civil liberties, but it continues to issue biometric residence permits for foreigners. In France a mega database for biometric details of citizens is under the scanner. In US, identity theft complaints were the second-most reported in 2015, Federal Trade Commission said. Romer rubbished such concerns saying, "It should be part of the policy of the government to give individuals some control over the data that the private firms collect and some control over how that data is used."