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Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) : Haryana’s Unique Identity Card Scheme

Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) Scheme:

There has been a privacy concern with respect to Haryana’s Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) Scheme.

  • Although enrollment under the scheme is voluntary, the precondition of linking it to get the benefit of many essential services has raised serious concerns about the scheme.

Current Issue:

  • Although the enrollment under the PPP is voluntary, but in case a citizen or a family wishes to apply for a service delivered by the Haryana government, the PPP ID would be required, which leaves very little choice before the residents.
  • In the absence of privacy laws in India, or any indication of data protection Standard Operating Procedures being followed for this exercise, there is a strong possibility of potential abuse of the data collected under the PPP.
  • Moreover, a lot of data that is being sought is well above and beyond what is required for the delivery of a particular service.

Parivar Pehchan Patra (PPP) Scheme:

  • The PPP scheme was formally launched in July 2019 to achieve the Haryana government’s vision for ‘paperless’ and ‘faceless’ delivery of schemes, services, and benefits offered by the state government.
  • Under this, each family is considered a single unit and gets an 8-digit unique identification number, called family ID.
  • Family IDs are also linked to independent schemes like scholarships, subsidies, and pensions, so as to ensure consistency and reliability.
  • It also enables the automatic selection of beneficiaries of various schemes, subsidies, and pensions.