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Indian ID cards with names of fruits and vegetables; inquiry ordered

Zafar Anjum | Oct. 23, 2012
An Indian investigative agency has initiated a probe into the unique identity card (UID) scheme called Aadhar after some cards were found with names of fruits and vegetables on them.

An Indian investigative agency has initiated a probe into the unique identity card (UID) scheme called Aadhar after some cards were found with names of fruits and vegetables on them.

According to NDTV.com, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been instructed by the home ministry to inquire into this bizarre development. They consider it a "security risk".

"The home ministry had raised concerns about the biometric recording of card-holders being done by private agencies that it said were not qualified," the website said in its report. "The CAG has been going through the account books of the scheme since October 3." The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India is the highest auditing authority in the country.

Reacting to this probe order, Nandan Nilekani, the head of the unique identity card (UID) scheme, told NDTV that 'he welcomed a probe by the Intelligence Bureau and an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General'. He said that "all problems have been sorted out, there are no concerns".

"It is their prerogative," he told NDTV. "I am now a servant of the government. When you join this system, you have to accept all this."

Nilekani was formerly with software giant Infosys and was penciled in to head the ambitious UID scheme.

 

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