Aadhaar: Gender, Identity and Development

Aadhaar: Gender, Identity and Development

19 March 2015 by by Govind Kelkar, Dev Nathan, E. Revathi and Swati Sain Gupta
Academic Foundation
Place of Publication: New Delhi, India
Date of Publication: September, 2014
Number of Pages: 112
Language of Publication: English
ISBN: 978-9332701687
In 2006, the Government of India promoted Aadhaar, a biometric identification system, which has now reached 650 million people. The aim of the scheme was to establish a biometric registry to provide a unique identity to all individuals, women and men, in the country. It was expected that this biometric identity would help poor women and men establish their identities so as to access various benefits provided by the government. In conjunction with frugally engineered mini-ATMs (automated teller machines), it was expected to promote financial inclusion. The book looks at the gender dimension of Aadhaar, studying the (current and potential) impact of the scheme especially on women and gender relationships with the household, and on changing patriarchal social norms. This volume explores: Would Aadhaar help poor women establish their identity and, through that, secure their entitlements due in various schemes of the government?
 
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