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UID, financial sector audit by World Bank & L-1 Identity Solutions
UID, financial sector audit by World Bank & L-1 Identity Solutions
Please note the backdrop of the announcement by Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee seeking evaluation of India's financial sector by IMF and the World Bank. He claimed that the the ministry has voluntarily sought a full-fledged Financial Sector Assessment Programmee.
Earlier, on 23rd April, 2010 L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between L-1 and the World Bank was signed as part of the launch of the initiative at a World Bank Spring Meeting event attended by many developing country Ministers of Finance and Communications. It claimed that this collaborative relationship with the World Bank is meant to improve the way governments in developing countries deliver services to citizens as part of the launch of the World Bank eTransform Initiative (ETI).
The World Bank's ETI seeks to leverage Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to build a knowledge sharing network that helps governments of developing nations to leverage the best practices of practitioners like L-1 and others to improve the delivery of social and economic services. The knowledge sharing network will focus on areas such as electronic Identification (eID), e-Procurement, e-Health and e-Education; areas vital to promoting the participation of citizens in democratic processes, such as voting, and helping undocumented citizens get access to health and welfare programs. The World Bank has a long history of promoting similar initiatives and is currently funding 14 projects related to e-government and e-ID around the world.
"The speed and precision with which developing countries administer services is dependent upon many factors, not the least of which is the ability to verify the identities of those receiving services," said Mohsen Khalil, Director of the World Bank's Global Information and Communication Technologies Department. "L-1 brings valuable expertise in identity management to the initiative's knowledge network. Together with L-1 and other vendors, we look forward to building systems that better administer critical government services and reduce identity-related fraud that can dramatically increase costs of social and economic programs and prevent aid from getting to those who need it most."
Robert V. LaPenta, Chairman, President and CEO of L-1 Identity Solutions added, "We recognized early on that this program aligned with the goals and objectives of our Company and that there was tremendous value in our participation. We believe that identity management solutions and services can make a significant contribution to society and undocumented citizens in developing countries, bringing them out of anonymity and helping establish their place and participation in society and affirming their rights to benefits they are entitled to receive as citizens."
Robert B. Zoellick, World Bank Chief met Chairman of the UID Number project on December 4, 2009. Prior to this CEO of Yahoo! Inc, Ms Carol Bartz, offered to help India with the UID programme in November 2009 and Bill Gates, Microsoft Co-founder met Nilekani in July, 2009.
L-1 Identity Solutions works with US intelligence agencies and has signed a MOU with Unique Identification Number Authority of India (UIDAI).
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India seeks financial sector audit by IMF, World Bank
January 11, 2011
After carrying out a comprehensive health check-up of the financial sector in 2009, India has sought an assesment under the Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.
“India did a self-assessment (by the Committee on Financial Sector Assessment, or CFSA) of its financial sector in 2009. This has given us the confidence to get our financial sector evaluated by international financial institutions like IMF and the World Bank. We have voluntarily sought a full-fledged Financial Sector Assessment Programme,” Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said at the second International Finance Conference at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Referring to the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC), Mukherjee said the government would set up a Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission to rewrite and clean up financial sector laws.
“Without prejudice to the autonomy of market regulators, FSDC will undertake macro-prudential supervision of the economy, including functioning of large financial conglomerates, and address inter-regulatory coordination issues,” he said.
FSAP, established in 1999, is a comprehensive analysis of a country’s financial sector. In developing and emerging market countries, FSAP assessments are conducted jointly with the World Bank. In these countries, FSAP assessments include two components: a financial stability assessment, which is the responsibility of the Fund, and a financial development assessment, the responsibility of the World Bank.
India’s first self-assessment of its financial sector was carried out by CFSA, set up by the Indian government and the Reserve Bank of India in September 2006. The report, which came out in 2009, stated that India’s financial sector was generally sound, resilient and fairly liquid. It pointed out corporate governance in the co-operative sector, funding constraints of non-banking financial companies and lack of up-to-date data to gauge household indebtedness as concerns.
Note: Procedural Establishments Under The Code Of Criminal Procedure, 1973: Section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 gives protection to a person who is still a Public Servant at the time the prosecution is launched, and also when he is no longer a public servant. This is to protect the Public Servant from a case being filed against him after his retirement. When the government servant or the employee is not removable from his office without the sanction of the Central Government, then the same is necessary. Sanction under this section is not necessary before a Public Servant could be prosecuted for an offence of bribery under Section 161 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860. There are three facets in the consideration of the protection given by Section 197 of the Cr.P.C. to the acts done by public officers. (i) The act complained attaches to it the official character of the person doing it; (ii) The official character or status of the accused gave him an opportunity of doing the…
Press Release Questionable and illegal UIDAI completes four years Maj Gen S.G.Vombatkere, VSM tell President that UID is extra-legal,
New Delhi, 28 Jan, 2013: Prime
Minister headed Cabinet Committee on UID related matters (CCUIDRM) which also
deal with National Population Register (NPR) has ensured that Unique
Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) continues to complete its four years
of existence without any legal basis and without disclosing that UID database
and NPR database is being merged with the electoral database. UIDAI was created
by a notification of Planning Commission dated January28, 2009.The notification is attached. As of as on
January 2, 2013, Cabinet Committee on
Unique Identification Authority of India related issues includes Prime
Minister, Sharad Pawar, Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Food Processing
Industries, P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance, Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister
of Home Affairs, Mallikarjun Kharge, Minister of Labour and …
At a program to mark the 76th birth anniversary of late Prabhash Joshi, well known columnist and former editor of Nayi Duniya, Jansatta and Indian Express, speaker after speaker demanded the formation of Third Press Commission. The program was organised on July 15 at Satyagrah Mandap, Raj Ghat by Prabhash Parampra Nyas and Gandhi Smriti awam Darshan Samiti.
It has come to light that the efforts of senior journalists like Ram Bahadur Rai, Ram Sharan Joshi and Kuldeep Nayar have been demanding setting up of the Third Press Commission from the Manmohan Singh Govt but due to resistance from the de facto head of the state, it has not been constituted so far.
Press Council of India in its report of 2001 had also recommended setting up of a Third Press Commission during Justice PB Swant's tenure. Justice G.N. Ray, the Press Council chairman also recommended it in his speech in 2009 in Kolkata.
In July 2011, at a function in Indore too, journalists marched in the streets demanding…