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Coercive politics of ‪#‎Aadhaar‬ and GOI , affecting scholarships #UID

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 mandatory. How did the unholy nexus begin ? In 2008 , The Govt of India embarked upon an ambitious program , to create an institutional base for skill development in India 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 So if you want  skill development , get aadhaar , If there is No aadhaar, there  is no rewards no skill development and no jobs . 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… Continue Reading →

Microsoft #Disability Scholarship

  The mission of DisAbility Scholarship at Microsoft is to empower and enable high schools students with disabilities to (a) go to college, (b) realize the impact technology has on the world, and (c) target a career in the technology… Continue Reading →

#India – Website to help SC/ST students #mustshare

  RANCHI: To create awareness among SC/ST and OBC students about ongoing scholarship schemes in all the states, as well the Centre, a website (www.scstscholarships.com) was launched by the Aryan group of colleges in the state. According to the website’s… Continue Reading →

#Gujarat- NHRC irked over denial of scholarships to dalit students

TNN Jun 14, 2013 AHMEDABAD: The National Human Rights Commission has taken suo motu cognizance of the TOI report alleging denial of scholarships to 3,125 dalit students in Ahmedabad district. Out of this, applications of 1,613 students for scholarship are pending, whereas, 1,512 have… Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE -#Aadhaar number not compulsory for online application of scholarship for minority students #GOODNEWS

 Aadhaar number was compulsory for online application of scholarships to minority students.  Hon Minister of minority affairs K. Rehman Khan in resposne to the representation by Jan Adhikar manch to the   Hon Ministry of minority affairs, The ministry of minority affairs was pleased… Continue Reading →

#India- Life sentence for stealing #Dalit Students Scholarship

As India rises against corruption a Uttar Pradesh court hands out a life term for stealing Dalit students’ scholarship Piyush Srivastava   |   MAIL TODAY  |   Lucknow, November 2, 2012 TAGS: Uttar Pradesh | Uttar Pradesh court | Barabanki |Dalit students | Scholarship |Prevention of Atrocities Act The court also awarded 10 years of… Continue Reading →

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