UNITED NATIONS: India’s unique identification programme Aadhaar is a “critical” step in enabling fairer access to government services and has “tremendous potential” for fostering inclusion, according to a UN report.
“The decision of India in 2010 to launch the Aadhaar programme to enrol the biometric identifying data of all its 1.2 billion citizens was a critical step in enabling fairer access of the people to government benefits and services,” the 2016 Report on the World Social Situation, released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, said.
Some 40 per cent of the world’s population does not have access to education in a language they understand.
Children of ethnic minorities and those who are disabled are much less likely to finish their primary and secondary educations, it added.
The theme of this year’s report is ‘Leaving No One Behind – The Imperative of Inclusive Development’.
The report concludes with concrete policy recommendations that are central to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
“The Sustainable Development Goals recognise that development will only be sustainable if it is inclusive,” said Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development, adding: “Pursuing development grounded in social justice will be fundamental to achieving a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable future for everyone”.