A timeline of the lengthy legal battle against India’s biometric ID programme

India’s social welfare schemes and subsidy programmes have long been plagued by inefficiencies. From the disbursement of food grains and cooking oil to water and electricity subsidies, government schemes have been characterised by pilferage and theft.

Launched in 2009, Aadhaar, the world’s biggest biometric programme managed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), was touted as a solution to these problems. However, questions over data privacy and safety, besides...

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