Malaysia wants to bring changes in its national identity card system for target delivery of welfare schemes and government subsidies to avoid duplicity and fraud.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Kuala Lumpur in May, offered Malaysia’s Premier Mahathir Mohamad collaboration on matters in which India has expertise, including the Aadhaar initiative, Malaysia’s Minister of Human Resources M Kula Segaran told PTI.
With the Malaysian Cabinet agreeing to the collaboration, Kula Segaran led a delegation comprising officers of the country’s central bank, the finance ministry, the economic affairs ministry, and human resources ministry, to India last week.
The delegation met ministers and officials here and explored whether certain features of the Aadhaar system can be adopted in Malaysia.
There are multiple subsidies provided by the Malaysian government such as fuel, low income group, single mother, etc for which it will be useful, he added.
India recently witnessed an acrimonious debate over Aadhaar’s merits and demerits. A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court last month while quashing some contentious provisions of the Aadhaar Act, held that Aadhaar would remain compulsory for filing of Income Tax returns, allotment of Permanent Account Number and for availing facilities of welfare schemes and government subsidies.