India's Welfare Reform Failing the Hungry

Linking food rations in India to Aadhaar, a massive biometric identification database, has led to a wave of deaths from hunger, welfare activists charge.

Premani Kunwar died of hunger after her pension was mistakenly transferred to the account of a dead person. Another woman died because she couldn’t make it to the ration shop to give her fingerprint. 

Aadhaar’s founder claims that the system, created to fight welfare corruption, has saved India over $9 billion. But Reetika Khera, an assistant professor at Delhi’s Indian Institute of Technology wrote, “What passes as 'savings' is often the result of denial of legal entitlements...” 

The New Yorker

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