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NEW DELHI: Pri­vacy is all about trust be­tween govern­ment and peo­ple, Niti Aayog Vice Chair­man Ra­jiv Ku­mar said on Wednesday while main­tain­ing that there is hardly any pri­vacy left the minute one uses a credit card. He said that in to­day’s world even tele­callers know what a per­son buys and what he needs.

“You got to fo­cus on mis- trust be­tween the govern­ment and peo­ple. This is core of all de­bates that are go­ing on about pri­vacy. I have got no pri­vacy left ever since I got master­card. I get calls from tele­callers who know what I buy. “If we have any il­lu­sions about pri­vacy, stop do­ing now” Ku­mar said.

The Vice Chair­man of the govern­ment think tank was speak­ing at a panel dis­cus­sion here on var­i­ous as­pects of fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion which cover num­bers. The com­ments come amid var­i­ous pe­ti­tions hav­ing been filed in the apex court chal­leng­ing the govern­ment’s move mak­ing Aad­haar manda­tory for avail­ing ben­e­fits of var­i­ous so­cial wel­fare schemes.

The is­sue got ac­cen­tu­ated af­ter the Supreme Court last month de­clared right to pri­vacy a fun­da­men­tal right, a far- reach­ing verdict that could im­pact a range of life choices of In­di­ans, in­clud­ing food habits and sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion.

Ku­mar said that fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion has been with us for a long time, but till cur­rent govern­ment took charge in 2014, 70 per cent of our pop­u­la­tion was un­banked. “The fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion will help in in­creas­ing house­hold sav­ings,” Ku­mar said, adding that dig­i­tal push and fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion is what In­dia needs to be at the fron­tiers of tech­nol­ogy.

SBI deputy man­ag­ing direc­tor Manju Agar­wal said if peo­ple can have trust so­cial me­dia sites like face­book, what­sapp and Google, they should trust the govern­ment on data pri­vacy. “Each of one in this room is on face­book, what­sapp and Google. Trust me you are fol­lowed ev­ery sec­ond by these so­cial me­dia sites. Any­body who is con­cerned about pri­vacy should not be on face­book, what­sapp and Google,” Agar­wal noted.

the JAM trin­ity -- the link­age of Jan Dhan bank ac­counts, Aad­haar ID and mo­bile phone

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