Lachho Devi (fictitious name) is an MGNREGA worker. To withdraw money from his account, he had to get KYC done by the bank. For this she went to the bank. The bank employee did his biometrics. But their fingerprints could not match. The banker told him that your fingers are bad. Hearing this, Lachho Devi felt very bad.
This is the story of a Lachho Devi. But there are many such Lachho Devi in India. In fact, with the help of campaigns like Digital India, the government drew the blueprint for the digitization of village-city, but the government did not make any effort to make India’s digitally illiterate and digitally conscious people literate. Apart from this, the government also did not try to address the reasons due to which the beneficiary section of the scheme does not get its benefits.
For example, in the case of Lachho Devi, her right to life’s dignity was violated. Not only this, they also faced financial problems due to this. Another case of violation of rights of beneficiaries due to digitization can also be seen in ‘Integrated Child Development Scheme’. Actually, it is necessary for the beneficiaries of this scheme to link with the Aadhar card to get their benefits. Now the beneficiaries of this scheme are children of 0-5 years and 75 percent of them do not have Aadhar card. So how can these children get this right?
Now you can also understand how the mood of the mothers whose children will be deprived of taking their supplementary rights on this basis… So that corruption can be eradicated. But the medicine for heart attack cannot be a bandage!
Due to digitization, not only is it a serious problem for the legal officer to get benefits, apart from this, it is also against the democratic rights of the people. Think of it in such a way that the more the people are deprived of their rights, the more will be the power asymmetry between them and the executive, which is against the basic spirit of democracy ‘we, the people of India’. The government is doing digitization to reduce corruption, it is a very good thing. But the government will also have to pay attention to these problems because the ultimate goal of every government is that its people should be happy, then only the welfare state described in the Directive Principles of State Policy can be achieved in true sense.