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

The Economic Times - - Disruption: - Aman.Sharma@ times­group.com

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-

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