Not so Holier than Thou: Policy Implications of Mandatory Biometric Registration for Public Services’ Delivery — A Case Study of the Chardham Yatra
4 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2014 Last revised: 14 Oct 2014
Date Written: June 13, 2014
This short paper showcases how unintended but potentially severe legal and public policy implications of “innovative” government schemes, such as one for mandatory biometric registration of pilgrims for the Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand discussed herein, can highlight the absolute imperative for meaningful public consultations by State Governments while framing important public policies and programmes, along the lines recently advocated by the Committee of Secretaries in the Government of India.
Keywords: India, Biometric Privacy, Information Privacy, Information Technology Law
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