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The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of IAS Pankaj Kumar as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar.
About Pankaj Kumar
He was currently serving as Additional Secretary in Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). He is appointed as CEO of UIDAI in the rank and pay of Secretary by temporarily upgrading the post.
About Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
It is a statutory authority under the provisions of the Aadhaar Act, 2016. It functions under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), with the mandate to issue UID or Aadhaar, a 12-digit random number to all residents of India to eliminate duplicate and fake id entities. It is founded by on Government of India 28 January 2009 and is headquartered in New Delhi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a book titled ‘Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology’s People Problem’ in New Delhi on 20 October 2019. He presented books’ first copy to eminent industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Tata. The book has been authored by N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons and Roopa Purushothaman.
About the Book
The book ‘Bridgital Nation’ presents a powerful vision of future where technology and human beings co-exist in a mutually beneficial ecosystem. It stresses that instead of accepting technology as replacement of human labour, India can use it as an aid to generate more jobs. The cutting edge digital tools can act as bridge between aspirations and achievements – hence the term ‘bridgital’.
The book strengthens the vision of government on technological approach. It stresses that technology is a bridge not a divider and it is a multiplier not a threat.
Technology and talent are not a threat but force multiplier, moreover, technology builds a bridge between aspirations and achievements; and also a bridge between government and governance.
When technology becomes bridge it leads to transparency and targeted Delivery and thereby, effective use of technology turns challenges into opportunities. However, technology was not the only solution but human intention and right intention is also very important.