When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place. Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.” -A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholar Usha Ramanathan describes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017


Here is what the Parliament Standing Committee on Finance, which examined the draft N I A Bill said.

1. There is no feasibility study of the project]

2. The project was approved in haste

3. The system has far-reaching consequences for national security

4. The project is directionless with no clarity of purpose

5. It is built on unreliable and untested technology

6. The exercise becomes futile in case the project does not continue beyond the present number of 200 million enrolments

7. There is lack of coordination and difference of views between various departments and ministries of government on the project


What was said before the elections:

NPR & UID aiding Aliens – Narendra Modi

"I don't agree to Nandan Nilekeni and his madcap (UID) scheme which he is trying to promote," Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha, Sept 2012

"All we have to show for the hundreds of thousands of crore spent on Aadhar is a Congress ticket for Nilekani" Yashwant Sinha.(27/02/2014)

TV Mohandas Pai, former chief financial officer and head of human resources, tweeted: "selling his soul for power; made his money in the company wedded to meritocracy." Money Life Article

Nilekani’s reporting structure is unprecedented in history; he reports directly to the Prime Minister, thus bypassing all checks and balances in government - Home Minister Chidambaram

To refer to Aadhaar as an anti corruption tool despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary is mystifying. That it is now officially a Rs.50,000 Crores solution searching for an explanation is also without any doubt. -- Statement by Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP & Member, Standing Committee on Finance

Finance minister P Chidambaram’s statement, in an exit interview to this newspaper, that Aadhaar needs to be re-thought completely is probably the last nail in its coffin. :-) Financial Express

The Rural Development Ministry headed by Jairam Ramesh created a road Block and refused to make Aadhaar mandatory for making wage payment to people enrolled under the world’s largest social security scheme NRGA unless all residents are covered.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

11539 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 20th June 2017

Economic Times
NEW DELHI: The government on Monday termed as "fake" a letter attributed to the Cabinet Secretariat wherein linking of land records with Aadhaar ...

Economic Times
BIJNOR: The Uttar Pradesh government has made Aadhaar card ... The recording of Aadhaar numbers of patients will help reduce fraudulent use of ...

After making Aadhaar mandatory for filing of income tax returns, for those who have an Aadhaar, the government has now made it mandatory to link ...

The government has won one half of the battle for linking PAN with Aadhaar, but it is in danger of losing the larger case on privacy if it mindlessly ...

Khaleej Times
Non-resident Indians remain exempted from the mandatory requirement of quoting a 12-digit unique identification number called Aadhaar to file tax ...

Lawyer Sanjay Chaturvedi seconded Sampat and said, "Aadhaar is the only document that the government can rely on to keep tabs on benami ...

The New Indian Express
Curiously, the Centre's directive to link the bank accounts with Aadhaar has apparently made these fraudsters more brazen. Their latest modus ...

Phone Mantra
Baahubali Prabhas Aadhaar Card Details: Recently, the news goes viral. South Indian actor Prabhas whose real name has Venkata Satyanarayana ...

The Hindu
For instance, the court altogether rejected the contention that the Income Tax Act cannot make Aadhaar compulsory when the core legislation, the ...

After repeated drives to link the ration cards with Aadhaar, we cancelled the names of people who did not respond even after being notified," PDS ...

Times of India
He argued that the petroleum company's decision — not to give him the subsidy for him not linking his Aadhaar card —was to be implemented in ...

Huffington Post India
Somewhat akin to the Aadhaar, ISBN is a singular identification number allotted to a book and treated like a unique footprint by traders, librarians, ...

The government on Monday termed as "fake" a letter attributed to the Cabinet Secretariat wherein linking of land records with Aadhaar had been made ...

Other headlines: The Centre refuted reports about linking land records to Aadhaar, and Mamata Banerjee asked parties to attend a meet on the ...

Times of India
Vote BJP for Demonetization, Bhim App., Aadhaar card, Pan Card Digital India and now GST, and then they Regulate & force what we should eat, do, ...

Financial Express
... files and lets you authenticate them online with your Aadhaar number, e-bastas, and the linking of Aadhaar to bank accounts and PAN cards.

The Indian Awaaz
A Total of 144 Awards were given under different programmes. Awards on Sustainable Livelihood, Transparency and Accountability, Aadhaar ...

The New Indian Express
He managed to get ration and Aadhaar cards and also a passport. He got a job in one of the Gulf countries and was caught by the airport staff.

Deccan Chronicle
"The letter attributed to Cabinet Secretariat on #Aadhaar linking to Land records, is completely fake & mischievous," he said. Tags: aaadhar, press ...

Monday, June 19, 2017

11538 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 18th June 2017

The Hindu
Starting July 1, the government has made it mandatory for taxpayers to link their Aadhaar number to their PAN cards in order to be able to file returns.

Times of India
BENGALURU: Organ donors in Karnataka will soon have to provide their Aadhaar details while pledging their organs as the state is trying to ...

Firstpost (satire)
Our renowned consultants will help in creating a better image for Aadhaar if not a better Aadhaar card photo”, the UIDAI official told Faking News.

Times of India
PUNE: A permanent Aadhaar enrolment centre at ward office level or at any central location for covering every 25,000 population who have not ...

The Shillong Times
SHILLONG: The State Government is awaiting an order from the Reserve Bank of India on the central directive that makes Aadhaar mandatory for ...

Times of India
"DCB Bank has launched the country's first Aadhaar based iris eye scan customer verification and Aadhaar-based fingerprint operated ATM in ...

Rising Kashmir Daily English Newspaper (press release)
Department of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Kashmir has started distributing three months advance food grains to its ...

Daily Pioneer
However, to posit me as the lone contrarian in a panel that was, presumably, to be dominated by NGOs and libertarians — the anti-Aadhaar brigade ...

Web India 123
Award would be conferred on the Haryana Government under the category 'Performance in Aadhaar seeding and conversion' for carrying out ...

With Aadhaar, Information Technology Research Academy and disbanding of Planning Commission, the government has demonstrated a clear ...

If implemented, the passengers will have to give their Aadhaar numbers at the time of booking tickets. So that, one cannot travel or book tickets in flase ...

The universities are likely to be directed to link the salary accounts of teachers serving in different training colleges with their Aadhaar numbers in ...

Summary: RANCHI: Maoist rebels beheaded a man in Giridih district alleging he was a police informer, police said on Saturday. Barnawal, who was ...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

11537 - Aadhaar critics are missing the point - One India

Published: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 16:30 [IST]

George Orwell, the famous English author and political commentator, in his essay "Freedom of the Park", wrote, "The point is that the relative freedom which we enjoy depends of public opinion. The law is no protection. Governments make laws, but whether they are carried out, and how the police behave, depends on the general temper in the country."

He added, "If large numbers of people believe in freedom of speech, there will be freedom of speech, even if the law forbids it. But if public opinion is sluggish, inconvenient minorities will be persecuted, even if laws exist to protect them."

The point he was trying to make in the essay was related to the freedom of speech and expression, but it also holds true on the bigger issues of other freedoms and the implementation and acceptance of law itself. Though this should be a great cause of hope for those who are critics of a particular regulation or law that a government brings in, in this case, Aadhaar itself or the mandatory linkage of it with other services, Orwell's point is exactly what can be seen as the reason for the failure of the protests against it to make an impact. 

Activists, certain lawmakers, and experts have continuously voiced their concerns on the policy of assigning Unique identification numbers to individuals. The previous government had brought it in and has now not only been adopted by the current BJP government but done so with great fervour. And the latest news of the Aadhaar number being made mandatory for bank account holders, as they will have to link their accounts to it, have raised concerns and anger at the government decision again. Though the fact is that such a reaction has been limited to those who are on Twitter or follow certain publications which have criticised the whole Aadhaar policy, and has not been seen in the general public.

Those with concerns such as violation of privacy, of false claims made by the government on the benefits of the policy, or the issue of it being unsafe, among others, would point to this very fact that the mainstream media has not highlighted such concerns which are genuine and have serious merit. And in all honesty, such a point would be hard to be dismissed. The reasons behind such a decision by the media though can be argued. As while the Aadhaar critics have spoken of ulterior motives of news organisations or just a simple surrender to the government of the day, claims which cannot be summarily ignored, there is another point that can be seen as a reason behind the non-coverage of the demerits of the policy. That is, the genuine lack of concern showed by the masses on the issue.

So the corollary to Orwell's point seems to be true, that even if a law may have genuine concerns the fact that the majority does not have issues with it will ensure that it will be implemented without much resistance. The lack of speed that the Judiciary has shown in dealing with the Public Interest Litigations filed in the Supreme Court on the threat to the Right of Privacy related to Aadhaar, has further added fuel to the anger of critics. And the fact that the Court has also itself made it mandatory to link mobile numbers with the unique number has just made matters worse for them. On top of having enough adversaries in their fight and lack of interest from the people, making the Narendra Modi government the centre of their criticism and directly blaming it, can be seen as a misstep by the opponents of the scheme. As it makes a leader immensely popular among the masses their opponent which adds to the difficulty for the critics to win, as the general temper that Orwell talked about, is in favour of Modi. Such a step also failed to make the public realise that it is a policy that every government, no matter which party is in power, wants to be implemented, and the fight for their privacy is not between the BJP and them, but a much bigger one against Orwell's 'Big Brother' state which wants to keep an eye on them at all times. Along with all this, the fact remains that in a country where a majority of the population, especially in rural areas and urban slums, is still living a life of striving to get food, clothes, their own home, toilets for them to use, education, among many more basic concerns and needs, the issue of privacy or their digital data being stolen, even if realised, are just not a priority. 

So while the war on Twitter might be won based on genuine concerns, the realisation that they are fighting a losing battle when it comes to the implementation of the law, must have dawned on all critics. 

In particular, as more than a billion people have already been issued the Aadhaar number. And if they are to have any chance of getting what they want, they will have to find ways to bring the masses on their side. Easier said than done, it is the only way forward other than the SC ruling in their favour, the chances for which at present seem dim. 

Yet, even if that happens, the chances are that it would be too late as almost the entire population would have an Aadhaar, especially since the government has moved quickly to make it mandatory for certain schemes which are of essential nature. 

With time, as the citizens become more aware of the digital reality of the scheme and the threat that it can become for all, the fight against the implementation of such a scheme might gain momentum. At present, though the chances of this happening seem small as for one reason or the other, the public opinion seems to be on the side of the government and the belief that the scheme will benefit them seems to be instilled in the minds of most. Whether right or wrong, this what the people want. And going by Orwell's essay, that is all that matters. 

OneIndia News

Saturday, June 17, 2017

11536 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 17th June 2017

Times of India
NEW DELHI: The government on Friday announced its decision making the Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank accounts and conducting ...

Outlook India
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today flayed the Centre for making Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts, saying it would ...

Times of India
KOLKATA: Centre's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory in banks before December 31 is likely to make life more miserable for the people in the Hills.

Hindu Business Line
Even as debate rages over Aadhaar and its mandatory usages, the biometric identity number is gaining prominence in the Abode of Lord Balaji.

Economic Times
The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts. Aadhaar is also mandatory for conducting financial transactions of Rs ...

Times of India
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) has directed the social justice department (SJD) ...

The government's move to make Aadhaar mandatory to open and operate bank accounts is contrary to its intended purpose and comes at a wrong ...

Millennium Post
Police arrested three persons from a house at North 24 Parganas' Thakurnagar on Friday morning on charges of making fake Aadhaar and voter ...

Daily News & Analysis
Aadhaar mandatory for new accounts, non-linking to make old accounts defunct from Dec 31 The government has made quoting of biometric identity ...

Hindu Business Line
He hoped that the recent initiatives of the government such as Aadhaar-enabled ATMs and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will play a key role in its ...

And the latest news of the Aadhaar number being made mandatory for bank account holders, as they will have to link their accounts to it, have raised ...

Deccan Herald
Also, no new bank accounts without UID number. The government in Budget 2017 has already mandated seeding of Aadhaar number with Permanent ...

Afresh, an alleged Aadhaar card of Prabhas is going viral on social media. The 'Baahubali' star looks awkward in the photo, just the way photos of any ...

Daily News & Analysis
E-rickshaw owners must link Aadhaar card for govt subsidy ... with an Aadhaar card in order to get Rs 30,000 subsidy from the Delhi government.

NFC World
PARTNER NEWS: A 40-page magazine featuring articles about conversational commerce, national ID-based payment systems using India's Aadhaar ...

Around 90 percent of the people in the valley districts already have Aadhaar cards but for the hill districts, specially Senapati, Ukhrul and Tamenglong, ...

International Business Times, India Edition
Aadhaar becomes mandatory for opening bank accounts and financial transactions above Rs 50,000 from June 1; existing bank account holders have ...

The Quint
The government on Friday made the Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank accounts and for financial transactions of Rs 50,000 and above.

11535 - Supreme Court didn't see sinister intent behind Centre's Aadhaar law - TNN

Rajeev Deshpande & Mahendra Kumar Singh | TNN | Jun 16, 2017, 05.58 AM IST

NEW DELHI: By acknowledging "legitimate state interest" in the government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare benefits and linking it with PAN cards, the Supreme Court has dealt with key aspects pending before the constitutional bench hearing pleas against unique identification (UID) on grounds of privacy. 

Besides accepting that the state was not indulging in an overreach or was motivated by suspect motives in linking Aadhaar to various transactions, the SC in its order has upheld Parliament's power to legislate the relevant laws. 

"Parliament was fully competent to enact Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act (introduced through the Finance Act, 2017)," the court has said. This addresses criticism that the law was pushed through even when the SC was to dispose of the challenge to Aadhaar and that the UID law was pushed through as a money bill. 

The crucial aspect the constitution bench is expected to pronounce upon is whether the use of Aadhar poses a "reasonable restraint" on the right to privacy or whether it is the draconian and intrusive instrument of state as its critics allege. The two judge bench of A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan did not see a sinister intent behind the law passed by Parliament. 

Quoting the late Rajiv Gandhi's famous remark in 1985 that only 15 paise of every rupee meant for welfare of downtrodden reaches them, the apex court said, "It can't be doubted that with UID Aadhaar much of the malaise in this field can be taken care of." The court felt that Aadhaar can take care of duplicate beneficiaries reaping fruits meant for the genuinely deprived class. 

In its 155-page order, the judges said it is the duty of a welfare state to come out with schemes to take care of needs of the deprived class and ensure adequate opportunities are provided to them. The apex court further noted that use of Aadhaar will help enforcement agencies in tackling terrorism, crime and money laundering along with curbing corruption and black money.

"The Aadhaar or UID, which has come to be known as most advanced and sophisticated infrastructure, may facilitate law enforcement agencies to take care of problem of terrorism to some extent and may also be helpful in checking the crime and also help investigating agencies in cracking the crimes," the SC said.

Noting that in many cases, the PAN holder has claimed that a particular transaction does not relate to them, SC said there is a need to strengthen PAN by linking it with Aadhaar and biometric information.

Observing that multiple cards in fictitious names are obtained with the motive of indulging into money laundering, tax evasion, creation and channelising of black money , the court said, "Parliament in its wisdom thought that one PAN to one person can be ensured by adopting Aadhaar for allottment of PAN to individuals."

An official said the order has given some relief to those who use PAN as an ID for purposes other than filing income tax returns and this is a very small subset which is not a tax assessee and does not have Aadhaar. 

11534 - Aadhaar Articles Dated 16th June 2017

Economic Times
The government has made quoting of biometric identity number Aadhaar mandatory for opening of bank accounts as well as for any financial ...

Times of India
NEW DELHI: By acknowledging "legitimate state interest" in the government's decision to make Aadhaar mandatory for welfare benefits and linking it ...

Aadhaar Ventures India. BSE: 531611 | NSE: | ISIN: ..... Aadhaar Venture is in the Finance - General sector. The current market capitalisation stands at ...

Times of India
BENGALURU: Yelahanka New Town police have arrested five persons, including a woman, for allegedly facilitating issuance of Aadhaar cards to ...

Catch News
Even as the rest of the country debates if Aadhaar should become compulsory for availing government subsidies and filing income tax returns, ...

Barely a month after three Pakistani nationals were caught in Bengaluru with Aadhaar cards, a 29-year-old Nepali woman, Jayalaxmi Gurung, was ...

The New Indian Express
GUNTUR : Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy has said Aadhaar cards of farmers will be linked to supply of fertilisers in the State.

Governance Now (blog)
In April, the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai was making news. Its ranking in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2017 ...

The Arunachal Times
SEPPA, Jun 15: Aadhaar enrolment in East Kameng district ends on June 30 next and no more enrolment shall take place thereafter, informed East ...

Hyderabad, Jun 16: DCB Bank, a new generation private sector bank has launched new services – India's first Aadhaar based iris eye scan customer ...

Times of India
Chandigarh: In the process of linking the whole public distribution system (PDS) with Aadhaar, Haryana's food and civil supplies department has ...

Economic Times
Keen to showcase utility of its Aadhaar project amid opposition from activists in the SC, the government has invited private players with interesting ...

The machine uses a customer's Aadhaar number for the purpose, through which it scans the iris and fingerprint impression to verify the details of the ...

Economic Times
The idea is to reflect the true impact of the government's recent digital thrust through schemes and projects such as Aadhaar and the Unified Payment ...

Jagran Josh
The government on Friday made Aadhaar card mandatory for opening bank accounts and conducting financial transactions of Rs 50,000 and above.

The News Minute
The arrested include Mohan Kumar, owner of an Aadhaar card enrollment centre, his associates Devaraj, Pradeep Kumar, Megha Dutta and Srinivas ...

The Hans India
“There is need to bring awareness among the pilgrims about the importance of Aadhaar and the media should also give wide publicity on it. Making ...

The Hindu
Documents such as Aadhaar and PAN card should not be relied upon. The Kerala Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Rules 2014 lay down that ...

Financial Express
Numbers for Aadhaar Pay and UPI- enabled merchants are not available as these channels are still in their early days. Also, the number of PoS ...

–Record bank/PAN/Aadhaar details: Global SIM companies accepting online methods like net banking, credit/debit cards, wallets, etc. will additionally ...

Web India 123
There is need to bring awareness among the pilgrims about the importance of Aadhaar, he said that "Making Aadhaar mandatory to enhance ...

Applicants should provide their photo, bank account details, copies of Aadhaar card, ration card and other documents and details of land (if any) along ...

Deccan Chronicle
Recently, EPFO mandated the quoting of Aadhaar for all new members who join the Employees' Provision Scheme, 1995 (EPF) with effect from July 1, ...

Pune Mirror
Similarly, when Aadhaar cards were checked, the unique 16-digit numbers did not match with the names they were issued to, making it amply clear ...