A new biometric project could alleviate poverty in India

A new biometric identification system implemented in India could provide multiple services to citizens previously excluded from the Indian Government’s social system.

In India, millions of people live in poverty. Many children do not even have access to medication or water in their homes. To alleviate this dramatic reality, the State offers help through several social programs. Nonetheless, the assistance effectiveness is often hampered by the lack of an appropriate national identification system.

The new biometric identification system proposed could be a solution to this problem. Millions of people will be uniquely identified and will gain access to Government’s plans and programs. A better identification system would allow government to better monitor and control the access of its population to the different social program it offers.

Although this system will not solve all the problems associated with poverty, it will indeed help millions of families to have access to basic resources.


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