March 6th, 2014- Kamayani Bali Mahabal aka Kractivist
What could be the unholy nexus between National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). and The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) ? On the face of it nothing , UIDAI is trying to give Indians a supposedly unique identity and NSDC is giving skilled labour and jobs. So whats wrong here ?
What happens when Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations and Nandan Nilekani‘s UID Number/Aadhaar project come together , they fool people under the garb of technological revolution , the unholy nexus snatches away the basic human rights . Both have started with a facade of being voluntary on paper but functionally are
How did the unholy nexus begin ?
at the national level, a “Coordinated Action on Skill Development” with three tier institutional structure consisting – of the PM’s National Council on Skill Development, the National Skill Development Coordination Board (NSDCB) and the NSDC, which was set up as a joint venture between the government and industry lobbies to help the sector meet an acute shortage of skilled workers by providing training to millions of youngsters. It does so by partnering with vocational education centres across the country.
In 2009 the UIDAI was established – a mammoth technology project under Nandan Nilekani, wherein the government services were to be provided, tracked and accounted for along with enabling a multitude of private sector products and services that rely on accurate and positive identification of consumers.However, the project itself is less about technology, and more about the politics and processes of providing every Indian with a Unique ID.How can Aadhaar be deemed ‘voluntary’ if service delivery is being made dependent on it? The UID project has been termed llegal and unconstitutional.
As the two projects began with teething problems, in 2011 the UIDAI signed a memorandum of understanding with NSDC to create a pool of 300,000 trained workers for enrollment agencies of Aadhaar. According to the MOU, Enrolment agencies (of the UID) which were facing the challenge of getting good quality manpower adequately trained in the Aadhaar enrolment process and conversant with local language to work locally., will be provided by NSDC through its partners . The plan was to address this challenge by developing a pool of adequately skilled and certified manpower.
How did the coercion begin ?
NSDC claims that National Skill Certification and Monetary Reward Scheme encourages youth to voluntarily enroll in institutions by providing them an incentive of Rs 10,000 to undergo training. But really, is this voluntary ? No way, the coerrcive element is the criteria to have an aadhaar card .
The scheme that is branded as STAR (Standard Training Assessment and Reward) aims to encourage skill development for youth by providing monetary rewards for successful completion of approved training programmes, clearly under elegibility criteria states , you should have aadhaar
The NSDC site informs . http://nscsindia.org/FAQ.aspx
At the time of registration, it is desirable that the trainee shares the Aadhar number with the Training partner. In case the Aadhar number is not available at the time of registration, it is mandatory to share the mobile number. While the trainee can undergo training without an Aadhar number, certificate generation and monetary award is not possible without the Aadhar number. The trainee must get an Aandhar number before assessment and certification is completed. The Training Provider may support the trainee in the creation of the Aadhar number before training completion..
Both work hand- in-glove .
Both UID and NSDC Star Scholarship are nothing but scratching each others back, getting their targets fulfilled , at the expense of violating privacy rights of the people . After the Supreme Court interim order that Aadhaar numbers are are not mandatory for availing of government benefits and services including scholarships. The Karnataka Government , last month announced that it had withdrawn criteria, of possession of Aadhaar cards, it had imposed on students to avail of scholarships following Opposition protests in the Assembly. The Andhra Pradesh High court directed the state and the Centre to explain the reasons for harassing a student to produce an Aadhaar card to avail scholarship benefit.
The Unholy Nexus has to End
Thecitizens have been kept in the dark about the harmful ramifications of the world’s biggest data management project UID and its linkages with various initiatives like NSDC . It high time that NSDC scraps the criteria of Aadhaar Card for the skill development
scholarship, as it is illegal!
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