[Reader-list] UID outsourced to US !

Rajkamal Goswami rajkamalgoswami at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 16:01:52 IST 2010

Dear Anivar,

Thanks for this piece of news! I was just wondering if there is any
source where one can find a more comprehensive review of this UID in
general and the issue in particular?

I will be thankful for any information.

I have a feeling that this project is going to be another big
scandal..given its scale!

thanks and regards

On 11/9/10, Anivar Aravind <anivar.aravind at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is the Breaking News!
> Hope that this piece of information will be popularized along with all other
> Obama visit related stories.
> Anyways, Bhopal- Warren Anderson issue was obfuscated in the Obama visit
> related stories.
> Kindly ensure that this story is also not Killed like the Bhopal.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: R. Ramakumar <ramakumarr at gmail.com>
> Date: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM
> Subject: [FEC] UID outsourced to US !
> To:
> Friends
> Here is an extaordinary piece of information.
> As part of the Obama visit, there is a series of White House policy notes,
> in the White House website. Here, as part of 'National Export Initiative:
> India US Transactions', the White House lists UID project as a major aspect
> of collaboration.
> See
> http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/06/fact-sheet-national-export-initiative-us-india-transactions.
> The relevant para is this:
> "*The Unique Identification Project**:  *L-1 Identity Solutions,
>> headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and another U.S.-headquartered
>> company, lead two of the three vendor consortia, which have been
>> prequalified by the Unique Identity Authority of India for the first phase
>> of an effort to register Indian residents with a 12-digit unique number
>> using biometric identifiers.  Unprecedented in scale, seeking to register
>> 1.2 billion Indian residents, the Unique Identification program aims to
>> enhance delivery of government services in India."
> Also, see
> http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2010/11/09/stories/2010110953060300.htm.
> This is the speech of Pranab Mukherjee at a conference on 'India-US: An
> agenda for Co-Creation'. Here the report says:
> "Mr Mukherjee outlined four specific areas where American companies can
> participate in the financial inclusion process...
> Second, the Minister said, innovation is required in design of software to
> run these devices and enable seamless connectivity, customer friendly
> software and privacy protection measures.
> “Cyber crimes, misuse of customer information and identity theft need to be
> prevented through available and affordable software,” he said..."
> Why do you need this at an India-US forum, when this is precisely you want
> UID to do?
> It is becoming clear that the ramifications of the project are far wider
> than many thought. Please circulate this widely and get as much protests as
> possible.
> Ramakumar
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