A billion Aadhaars

Not every problem in India can be fixed through technology, but there is no doubt that the JAM trinity—Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobiles—can be potent


The National Democratic Alliance government’s next big task is to get more people hooked to the trinity of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobiles in terms of fuel subsidies, welfare payments, financial transactions and ration cards. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint
The National Democratic Alliance government’s next big task is to get more people hooked to the trinity of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobiles in terms of fuel subsidies, welfare payments, financial transactions and ration cards. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint

There are now a billion Indians with biometric Aadhaar cards. It is now quite likely that most adults have an Aadhaar card. This follows the news in January that India has a billion mobile phone subscribers. Add to this the fact that the number of Jan Dhan accounts has crossed 210 million.

These milestones matter not just because of the size of the numbers involved. The Narendra Modi government has been talking about transforming India through the JAM trinity — or Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and mobiles. Most Indians have signed on to these platforms. It is now up to the government to prove that it can get the trinity to work in practice. So its next big task is to get more people hooked to this trinity in terms of their fuel subsidies, welfare payments, financial transactions and ration cards.

Not every problem in India can be fixed through technology but there is no doubt that the JAM trinity can be potent. The coming years should see promise translated into reality.