Aadhaar: A Biometric History of India’s 12-Digit Revolution by Shankkar Aiyar, Visiting Fellow, IDFC Institute, was released by Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Government of India, on Saturday, 23rd December 2017 at Longchamp, The Taj Mahal Hotel.
This book, which originally started as part of the IDFC Institute Political Economy Case Study, charts the history of Aadhaar's delivery by two successive governments. It documents the ups, downs and turnarounds of the process, highlighting how the project expanded its scope and application, beyond what was originally envisaged.
The book release was accompanied by a very informed panel discussion moderated by Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India on key aspects of Aadhaar’s implementation. Participants at the panel discussion comprised of Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Baijayant 'Jay' Panda, Member Parliament, Lok Sabha, Dr.Shamika Ravi, Member, Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, Dr.Rajiv Lall, Founder MD and CEO, IDFC Bank and Shankkar Aiyar, Author and Visiting Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute
Speaking during his keynote address at the book release, the Finance Minister highlighted the significant savings that have arisen from the implementation of Aadhaar enabled Direct Benefit Transfers. The Minister also expects these savings to continue rising in the future as reported in the article by Business Standard. Mr. Jaitley also took the opportunity to assert that public interest is of paramount importance for the Government and it is open to any further improvements to strengthen the Aadhaar infrastructure.
The release was extensively covered in leading national and regional publications like– Mint, The Hindustan Times, The Hindu here and here, Financial Express here and here , The Kashmir Monitor, Afternoon Voice, Newburgh Gazette, The Banking and Finance Post, India Today, Zee Business, Brinkwire, The Statesman, The Orissa Post, ABP Live, Hitech Gazette, Business Standard here and here, Millennium Post, Economic Times, Asian Age, Kaumudi Online, NDTV, DD News, The Deccan Chronicle, News Track, SME Times and picked up by newswires like PTI News, ANI News . It was also covered by the Hindi media– Amar Ujala, First Post Hindi, and Sakshi Samachar