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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


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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.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

8772 - Aadhar issue spawns corruption - TNN

Aadhar issue spawns corruption

Sivakumar B,TNN | Sep 28, 2015, 10.43 AM IST

CHENNAI: City resident Shubham Khandelwal was shocked when he was asked to pay up for having his finger prints and iris taken for issue of Aadhaar card. Not willing to pay any bribe, Shubham contacted an NGO, fighting corruption in government departments, and a complaint was sent to the Unique Identification Authority, Bengaluru following which the erring official was punished. There are several such complaints Janaagraha, the NGO involved in exposing corrupt officials, gets from the general public daily. 

According to data available with TOI, the police department has maximum number of complaints about corruption and this is followed by the stamps and registration department. People from upper middle class and from others sections of society who have access to internet contact the NGO and file complaints about corrupt officials in various departments. 

"Since its launch on August 15, 2010, Ipaidabribe.com has recorded over 47,000 bribe reports amounting to over Rs 280 crore from more than 600 cities and towns in India. Last year alone, it saw close to12,655 pay bribes and bribe hotline reports being posted. Similarly,149 honest officer reports applauding the integrity of officers were also posted," said Janaagraha's coordinator Sylvia Veeraraghavan. Citizens log on to the website and file their complaints if they had paid the bribe or refused to pay. "Based on the complaints, we send it to the concerned authorities and ask them to take action against officials who sought bribe," said Sylvia. 

Manik Taneja, a sports enthusiast, was asked to cough up a hefty bribe by a customs official at Bengaluru airport for a Kayak he purchased from the US. After a prolonged argument, Manik paid the bribe, and then wrote about this incident on IPAB. His story, and his cooperation with custom officials, saw the official being put under temporary suspension, said Sylvia. 

In TN, since 2010, the website has received a maximum of 776 complaints against the police department from people with Chennai alone accounting for 550 complaints. This is followed by 273 complaints against the stamps and registration department. The website has names of honest officers as well. In this category too, police department has the maximum number of officers who did not seek bribes. There are 24 such upright officers whose names have been recommended by people who had to deal with the department.