Investigating the Haryana Parivar Pehchan Patra Scheme

The Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP), which was introduced in Haryana in 2020 and would be implemented in September 2021, has drawn both interest and criticism.

Pehchan Patra Parivar

  • The PPP issues a unique 8-digit identifying number to each Haryana family unit.
  • Enrollment in the PPP is required for access to government services and social security programmes.
  • Families can register at Common Service Centres, SARAL Kendras, or registered PPP providers, with verified data based on self-declarations and stringent protocols.

Key Functions and Interconnections

  • The PPP simplifies access to a variety of public welfare programmes, such as subsidised meals, Old Age Samman Allowance, Divyang Pension, school admissions, government exams, and others.
  • It collects a large amount of information, including information on family members, Aadhaar numbers, demographics, educational and occupational information, immovable property ownership, and social standing.

A comparison of PPP and Aadhaar

  • Proponents of the concept point out that PPP uses Aadhaar’s digital infrastructure but provides a more complex delivery.
  • While Aadhaar focuses on unique identifying information, PPP includes socioeconomic data that has been confirmed using particular standards.

Opposition’s Concerns and Criticisms

  • According to a former CM, data collecting errors resulted in people being denied subsidies and entitlements.
  • A legislator expressed a number of concerns, including allegations of data misuse for voter profiling and criticism of the level of personal information required.
  • Concerns have been raised concerning the requirement for Aadhaar, caste, PAN card, bank account, and property information. It was said that social security did not require caste identity.
  • The critique extended to the potential use of caste-based and socioeconomic data for political gain.

@the end

  • Haryana’s Parivar Pehchan Patra scheme seeks to streamline government services and welfare delivery.
  • While the effort has advantages, worries regarding data veracity, privacy, and potential political manipulation demand further examination and public debate.
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