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Cards in waiting

Reference to Raj Chengappa’s article, “Nandan Nilekani’s quiet revolution” (Ground Zero, October 21), the ground reality is different. People have been waiting for the UIDAI cards for more than a year of their enrollment, even after pursuing this matter right from the UIDAI desktop service, Chairman of UIDAI, Assistant Information Officer, Communication and Information Division and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. The date of birth has not been incorporated in some of the cards that have been issued. Who should be contacted next?

Rajinder Kumar Arora, Kurukshetra


Non-digitisation of citizens’ information creates multiplicity of databases, increasing the cost of governance. The biggest strength of UIDAI’s endeavour is its biometric digitisation of 210 million citizens. It has potential, but the limitation is that it is based on existing documents, whose sanctity is a question mark. This can be rectified by database integration, wherein the databases of departments such as food and supplies (ration card), election, transport, social welfare (caste certificates), revenue (registration of property), income tax and even banks are integrated with the UIDAI data.

Dr Tejinder Sharma, Kurukshetra

Defence preparedness

India should learn a lesson from the humiliating drubbing of our forces by the Chinese. (“Lessons learnt from ‘62 war”, Sunday Tribune, Oct 21). The country’s political establishment has been more concerned about remaining in power by strengthening its vote bank instead of paying attention to important issues, including defence preparedness. It is a well-known fact that the armed forces were not included in the decision-making body by Nehru, a practice which is still continuing. The major role has always been played by bureaucrats in the defence ministry. They seldom pay attention to any urgent needs of the armed forces for modernisation, which should be accorded top priority in the interest of the nation.

Ravinder Singh, Jalandhar

Real ‘roti’

Apropos “Solve the skills crisis first” (Sanjeev Sharma, Oct 21), to prevent a demographic disaster, we need to increase Returns on Training Investment (ROTI) to convert it into real “roti” and livelihood for the unemployed youth. The most crucial skill is communication in English, which is a passport to get a job not only in India but across the world. Manpower planning is next. India needs to fit into the frame work of the WTO by converting Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) into a multinational corporation.

DR MM Goel, Kurukshetra

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