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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.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

8766 - RBI moves SC for clarification of order on Aadhaar use - Financial Express


The RBI on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking clarification of its August 11 interim order that asked the government not to link Aadhaar...

By: Indu Bhan | New Delhi | September 29, 2015 12:52 AM

The RBI on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking clarification of its August 11 interim order that asked the government not to link Aadhaar, the unique identity number, to disbursal of subsidies and other sops under social welfare schemes.

In its submission, the central bank pleaded that the order should not prevent banks and financial institutions from accepting Aadhaar cards from persons who voluntarily submit the same for the purpose of proving their identity either in the absence of any other officially valid document or otherwise. It also wants the court to clarify that the August order does not preclude the banks from verifying and accepting valid Aadhaar card as identification of customers in case so desired by the customer.

The RBI submitted that the order should not restrict banks/FIs, payment systems from verifying and accepting a valid Aadhaar card from willing customers wanting to avail banking/financial services and banks from seeding valid Aadhaar card numbers to bank accounts of customers for receiving government subsidy for other remittances. “The banks and other FIs are required to know their customers before opening an account. This helps in preventing frauds… If the banks and FIs are required to stop using the Aadhaar car for these purposes, it would seriously retard the pace of financial inclusion for inclusive growth which is not in the interests of the poor people and the country at large,” the RBI’s application said.

Last week, the government had sought  modification of the SC’s interim order, saying the restriction was threatening to undermine its Digital India initiatives such as biometric attendance, Jan Dhan Yojana, digital certificates and pension payments.

According to the RBI, the successful implementation of social benefit schemes, opening and operation of bank accounts for availing financial services would also be necessary. “The key deriver of our country’s vision  of inclusive growth is financial inclusion. Financial inclusion may be defined as the process of ensuring access to appropriate financial products and services needed by vulnerable groups such as weaker sections and low income groups at an affordable cost in a fair and transparent manner by mainstream institutional projects,” it said.

In accordance with the vision of inclusive growth, according to RBI, it has adopted a ‘bank-led’ model for financial inclusion to provide low cost, effective information and communication technology-based banking services and the Aadhaar card plays a vital role in implementing the mission of financial inclusion.
RBI, as the principal monetary authority in the country, is responsible for laying down policies in the interest of monetary stability and sound economic growth, having due regard for interests of depositors, public interest and banking policy, the RBI application stated.

It submitted that if customers were not allowed to use Aadhaar card even voluntarily, it would result in hardships to a large number of customers of banks and FIs, especially from rural areas who may have no other officially valid document.
The three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice J. Chelameswar had said: “UIDAI/Aadhaar will not be used for any other purposes except PDS kerosene and LPG distribution system. Even for PDS kerosene and LPG distribution system, the card will not be mandatory.”
First Published on September 29, 2015 12:52 am