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What is the news?
India has agreed to provide a grant to Sri Lanka to implement a ‘Unitary Digital Identity framework’.
What is the Unitary Digital Identity framework (UDIF)?
UDIF is apparently similar to India’s Aadhaar card.
The proposed UDIF is expected to introduce a:
– Personal identity verification device based on biometric data
– Digital tool that can represent the identities of individuals in cyberspace and
– Identification of individual identities that can be accurately verified in digital and physical environments by combining the two devices.
What is the significance of this development?
India has been providing substantive economic assistance to Sri Lanka totalling $ 1.4 billion since the beginning of this year.
This is being done to help Sri Lanka overcome its dollar crunch, and import food, medicines and fuel amid frequent shortages.
Source: This post is based on the article “India to help Sri Lanka launch its version of Aadhaar” published in Hindustan Times on 9th Feb 2022.