Nandan Nilekani on the RTI and the UID project

The RTI Act and the Aadhaar Project have a similar vision at their heart: that the government must be accountable to the people it governs.

While the RTI brings more accountability to governance by enabling better access to information, the UIDAI hopes to do this through the Unique Identification number – the Aadhaar it will issue to individuals across India. The number will allow individuals to clearly establish their identity to any agency in the country. This will be critical in combating the anonymity that impedes access for many of the poor to public benefits and services….



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