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India risks backlash hurrying through Aadhaar project

The pilot project in Beelaheri, a village of 2,000 people some 130 km (81 miles) southwest of Delhi, replaces kerosene subsidies with cash rebates and has been running since December. It has massively lowered demand for the subsidized fuel, which weighs on government finances.

But teething problems are immediately visible.

The headline’s a bit harsh but the piece is well worth reading in its entirety.

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