Bill Gates Speaks In Favour Of Aadhaar, Says It Needs To Be Emulated


India’s Aadhaar technology does not pose any privacy issue and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded the World Bank to take this technology to other countries as it is worth emulating, Microsoft founder Bill Gates has recently made this statement.


Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number for Indians, based on their biometric and demographic data. The data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established in January 2009 by the Government of India.

The 62-year-old multi-billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist said Nandan Nilekani, Infosys founder who is considered as the chief architect of Aadhaar, was consulting and helping the World Bank on the project.

Asked if India’s Aadhaar technology is worth emulating by other countries, he answered in affirmative.

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He reportedly said that the benefits of the Aadhaar are innumerable. More than a billion people in India have enrolled in Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric ID system.

“Yes, countries should adopt that approach because the quality of governance has a lot to do with how quickly countries are able to grow their economy and empower their people,”

Gates said in response to a question.

It is believed that several countries, including some from India’s neighbourhood, have approached New Delhi for assistance in this matter.

“Aadhaar in itself doesn’t pose any privacy issue because it’s just a bio ID verification scheme,”

Gates, said when asked about the concerns about privacy issues raised by certain quarters in India.

“The individual applications that use Aadhaar, you have to look and see what’s been stored and who has access to that information. And so, application by application, you have to make sure that’s well managed. In the case of the financial bank account, I think it’s handled very well,”

he explained.

Gates appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was willing to embrace Aadhaar which had come into existence before he took up the office.

In his lecture on ‘Technology for Transformation’ organised by NITI Aayog on November 2016, Gates had said that Aadhaar is something that had never been done by any government before, not even in a rich country.

But with the rising concerns about data leaks through Aadhaar and the problems that have stemmed up from the linking of the Aadhaar card, we have to sit back and give a second thought on how Aadhaar could be used in the best possible way without causing any trouble to Indians, majority of whom are not very tech-savvy.

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