* * The sixth paragraph of an article “Will counting caste help to reduce inequality?” (Editorial page, May 11, 2010) said: “Yet successive Census Commissioners like Risley in 1901 and Yeatts in 1941 described the caste tables as the most troublesome and expensive part of the census ….” A reader said that in 1901, there were two Census Commissioners — H.H. Risley and E.A. Gait.

The writer clarifies: The citation for that quote is: Census of India (1901) H.H. Risley and E.A. Gait, “Introduction to Vol. I, India Part I, Report, p 537. Calcutta: Superintendent of Govt Printing.”

* * The caption of a photograph that went with a report “ AADHAR not mandatory, says Nilekani” (May 12, 2010) had a detail of the CII President's Award being given to C.R. Swaminathan, chief executive, PSG Institutions. It led to a query as the text did not mention this.

At that function, Mr. Nilekani had also presented the CII President's awards to Mr. U.K. Sinha, Chairman – CII National Committee on Mutual Funds and CMD, UTI AMC; Mr. R.S. Sharma, Chairman – CII Public Sector Enterprises Council, and CMD, ONGC; Mr. P.S. Bhattacharya, Chairman – CII Sub Committee on Sustainable Development and CMD, Coal India Ltd; Mr. Harpal Singh, Immediate Past Chairman – CII Northern Region and Mentor and Chairman Emeritus, Fortis Healthcare Limited; Dr. Naushad Forbes, Immediate Past Chairman – CII Western Region and Director, Forbes Marshall Pvt Ltd. and Mr. Mukul Somany, Immediate Past Chairman – CII Eastern Region and Joint Managing Director, Hindustan National Glass and Industries Limited. Mr. C.R. Swaminathan is also Immediate Past Chairman – CII Southern Region and Chief Executive, PSG Institutions.

The CII President's Awards are an annual feature and presented to individuals “making an outstanding contribution to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)”.

The brand name of the Unique Identification number (UID) has now been changed to AADHAAR, and not AADHAR as mentioned in the heading and text of the report. AADHAAR, which translates into “foundation”, or “support”, is a word present across most Indian languages and is to be used in the branding and communication of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) programme across the country. The design, which has been selected as the logo for AADHAAR, is a sun in red and yellow, with a fingerprint traced across its centre.

* * The fourteenth paragraph of a report “Call for open selection of RTI commissioner” (Some Kerala editions, May 10, 2010, page 2) was “Mr. Kejriwal praised the innovative way the Uttar Pradesh authorities had strengthened the RTI. Anyone could call a particular RTI telephone number which would record the caller's RTI requests and this call is treated as an RTI application.” The state mentioned should have been Bihar. The programme is called “Jaankari”.

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