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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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden

Special

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

Quotes

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.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

8754 - JHARKHAND LAUNCHES FOOD SECURITY ACT - Daily Pioneer

Saturday, 26 September 2015 | PNS | Ranchi | in Ranchi

After failing to meet two deadlines and months of delay the Food Security Act (FSA) meant for near universal food-grain coverage for economically vulnerable sections has been rolled out in Jharkhand. Chief Minister Raghubar Das in the presence of Food and Civil Supplies Minister Saryu Roy launched the scheme on Friday.

The scheme would cover 51,70,159 total number of families and more specifically 2,33,40,832 people have been identified for getting rice at Re 1 per kg per head. As many as 37,37,609 people in the list are from Antyodaya.

"Originally we had about 33 lakh BPL and Antyodaya families. 16 lakh more families came from the lower strata of erstwhile APL category as priority category taking it to total 51.70 lakh families. Antyodaya families would get 35 kg of grain while priority family 5 kg of grain per head at the rate of Re 1 per kg," informed Ravi Ranjan, Special Secretary of the Department. The Act allows Jharkhand to insulate its 86.4 per cent population in rural areas and 60.4 per cent in urban areas from starvation.
"We are still 30 lakh less than the ceiling set for Jharkhand. The Department despite having several hiccups and starting late has worked hard to conduct survey, verify entries and prepare the list. It has been done manually and there may be some lacuna. Some names may have been left out but we have sufficient scope to accommodate more beneficiaries in the days to come," said Saryu Roy.

The Act came into force on July 5, 2013 but got delayed in the State due to various reasons. Earlier, the State Government had announced to implement it from July 1 with eight districts to start with but following the Centre's objection it was decided to roll out before October 1 throughout Jharkhand. Finally, after preparing data and collecting records of beneficiaries based on the socio-economic survey of 2011 it has been executed from September 25.

The feat is not mean for Jharkhand as the Governments of Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Gujarat and Kerala in a meeting the Ministry in July had sought over a year to implement the Act while Uttar Pradesh asked for six months. The States were lobbying hard on extending the September 30 deadline set for implementation of the NFS Act citing lack of preparedness back home.

Lauding the achievement of the Department on the occasion, the Chief Minister termed it another step in the direction of taking all along. "Today is the birth day of Deendayal Upadhayay, who first gave the mission of Antyodaya. which talks about the last man in the queue. Our target is to bring smile on the faces of the poor. Providing them grains would save them and their children from malnutrition. We are also working towards no-homeless goal and pension for all widows during 2016-17," added the CM.

He, at the same time, also stressed over the need to raise grain productivity in the State through widespread irrigational facilities so that the supply of rice or paddy for the scheme can be done from here only.

The Department besides, launching the scheme for all, has also worked hard to make it leakage proof. Host of measures such as Aadhaar seeding of ration cards, mobile number updates, biometric handheld devices for dealers, GPS fitted PDS special trucks, SMS alerts to dealers, people's representatives and consumers have been initiated to plug the holes.


"More space would be created as there are certain duplications in the entries made. We have achieved about 15 per cent Aadhaar seeding which would be completed by December to eliminate the duplications. Trucks carrying food grains for PDS shops would be marked clearly and fitted with GPS based alarm system. Its route would be fixed. Consumers also need not to visit the shop again and again but an SMS would go their mobiles about arrival of the grains. More perks would also be given to dealers," said the Minister, narrating some specifications of the scheme in the State under which wheat would also be given in future.