Can Technology Solve India’s Biggest Problem?
India’s government is giving a unique ID to each of its 1.2 billion citizens, creating the world’s largest biometric data set. But some are questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to use technology to solve the country’s most critical problems: poverty and corruption. Photo: Karan Deep Singh/The Wall Street Journal
India’s government is forging ahead with an ambitious plan to provide every citizen with a reliable form of identification, something the world’s second-most populous country has been trying to do for decades.
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As the new ID system is rolled out, many complain that fingerprint scanners make things harder than before. As seen in this video, shot in Mehram Nagar, a centuries-old village close to New Delhi’s international airport, Aadhaar has made life harder for ration-shop owner Om Prakash and his clients.
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