New Delhi: Much of the opposition to the use of Aadhaar cards for delivering government services on grounds of privacy being violated is a mere nuisance, union minister Alphons Kannanthanam said here on Thursday.
Even getting a visa often requires providing a lot of personal information, which can run into several pages, the minister of state for electronics and information technology said at a session on the inaugural day of the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) here.
"While people need to provide all personal information to a foreign country just for travel, all one needs to share to get an Aadhaar Card is their name and address, Kannanthanam said, adding that the biometric-driven identification system is revolutionizing delivery of services in India.
It is benefiting the poorest of the poor by reducing cost of service delivery, the minister said.
"Aadhaar is driving the country," Kannanthanam said.
The move to make the use of Aadhaar obligatory for availing several benefits, including under the public distribution system, has attracted criticism from different quarters.
In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India has declared privacy a fundamental right.
But the minister emphasized that the Aadhaar card is actually helping empower the poorest of the poor.
"India is witnessing the biggest digital revolution in the world for the past three years. The objective is to give a voice to the voiceless," Kannanthanam said.