UPA Started Good Things Like Aadhaar, But We Executed it Better, Says Prasad
Figures show big jump in Aadhaar saturation levels and surge in authentication transactions under Modi govt
New Delhi: As Aadhaar numbers hit one billion, the BJP government on Monday said UPA did some “good works” like Aadhaar but the Modi Government has been better at implementing such initiatives of the UPA. A press conference called by Telecom & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to announce the ‘One Billion achievement’ had a clear political tinge with figures doled out of the pre-Modi government era and post May 31, 2014, to highlight big jump in Aadhaar saturation levels and surge in authentication transactions in the latter period. This also marked the BJP acknowledging the UPA’s initiative started in 2010 as a game-changer for good governance with Prasad thanking UIDAI’s first chairperson Nandan Nilekani and ex-UIDAI DG and the present Trai boss RS Sharma for their contributions. When asked by ET if Prasad would also like to thank UPA which started the scheme while BJP in the Opposition was bitterly against it, Prasad said the “formality” was not needed as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had already thanked UPA on the floor of the house while presenting the Aadhaar bill.
“But there is one difference — what they (UPA) did with Aadhaar and what we have done — the scale itself is an indication. I always say — they started many works, but we do it better. We never say UPA did not do good works but we execute them better…that is why people have voted us,” Prasad said. Stressing on performance of Modi Government vis-à-vis the UPA, Prasad rattled off figures that 3-4 lakh people were enrolled under Aadhaar under UPA (63.22 Cr people till May 2014) while 5-7 lakh people were enrolled daily by Modi Government. Only 8.82 crore Aadha-