Scanning 2.4 billion eyes, India tries to connect poor to growth

by Lydia Polgreen

A migrant farm worker peers into an iris scanner in New Delhi in the first effort to officially record each Indian’s identity as an individual.  Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

KALDARI, India — Ankaji Bhai Gangar, a 49-year-old subsistence farmer, stood in line in this remote village until, for the first time in his life, he squinted into the soft glow of a computer screen.