The government is keen on strengthening Aadhaar. That will allow it to effectively implement its Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) programme across the country.
But there is a gaping hole in the entire process. India has been counting only its living. It has ignored many of its dead. This is extremely serious because it can lead to a variety of major headaches.
In fact, few have paid heed to this problem — at least till August last year. That was when RK Gautam, Deputy Registrar General, Office of the Registrar General of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, formally raised this issue.