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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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Saturday, October 3, 2015

8800 - Aadhaar now most widely held ID with 92cr holders - TNN


Rajeev Deshpande,TNN | Oct 2, 2015, 01.45 A

NEW DELHI: The Aadhaar card is now the most widely held identification document in the country with a voluntary enrolment of 92 crore people. It is also perhaps the sole ID for many of its holders, including many families below the poverty line. 

In comparison, 5.7 crore people have passports, 17 crore people PAN cards, 60 crore voter ID cards, 15 crore ration cards and 17.3 crore driving licences. 

Aadhaar has helped effect savings of Rs 2,600 crore by eliminating bogus claims in welfare schemes besides engendering greater transparency and consequently reducing corruption, reports from states and Union Territories show. 

It is also delivering benefits in progarmmes tailored for the poor like MNREGA where 3 crore of 9 crore active workers have Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. One crore wage transactions have been remitted and the process has become more efficient and transparent with 87,000 banking correspondents providing village and neighbourhood-level micro ATM services. 


If a legal order restricts use of the Aadhaar gateway — the Supreme Court is currently scrutinising it — many sections such as MNREGA workers will be affected. Various pension schemes with over 2.5 crore beneficiaries have some 54 lakh accounts linked to Aadhaar with 64 lakh transactions completed, accounting for Rs 507 crore. The government is keen that the court allow the principle of voluntary use of Aadhaar for a host of services other than LPG, PDS and kerosene. The court has currently restricted Aadhaar to the three schemes. 

Quick credit and hassle-free withdrawal as there is no need to travel to a bank are significant savings for. MNREGA workers, particularly women who have to forego household responsibilities and daily earnings to travel to a bank in remote areas. In conservative societies, the problem is compounded as women are not able to travel alone and may have to be accompanied by male relative. 

The PM Jandhan Yojana which permits opening of zero balance accounts without documentation that poor beneficiaries often lack aims at broadening financial inclusion. Over 17 crore accounts have been opened and of these over 7 crore or 41% individuals have presented the UID as proof of identity to access banking services. 


The Aadhar infrastructure will be vastly under-utilised if it is restricted to just a handful of schemes, making it a waste of public money. Even with a partial application, states have reported large savings, weeding out bogus claimants like benefits drawn in the name of dead persons, or duplicate claims like names existing in other job cards and money taken in the name of an absent person. 

Aadhar is particularly crucial for BPL families who are the primary beneficiaries of PMJDY and three pensions schemes run by the Centre — Atal Pension Yojana, PM Suraksha Bima Yojana and PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana --are linked to UID. The schemes, according to official sources, are intended to provide a wide coverage by way of insurance with small premiums, flagged by the government as a key policy goal. 

With Rs 12 a year as premium, an insured person is entitled to a coverage of Rs 2 lakh and with an Aadhar linkage, the claims can be directly transferred to bank accounts with middle men being cut out of the picture while transfers become faster. The process cuts down the government's administrative costs as well, making the schemes more economically viable and opening banking to many who have been deprived of the services. 


The elderly will not be required to visit banks for proof that they exist in order to draw benefits. There are over 1.5 crore pensioners and the Jeevan Praman scheme dispenses with the need for personal appearances using the Aadhar identity and some 3.2 lakh retired persons have used the facility. 

Online registration for out-patient services and operations of the Employees' Provident Fund Organization have also become an easier task with the Aadhar linkage with PF accounts providing a life-long universal access number allowing access to funds and transactions across locations and. At present, over 87 lakh persons have linked Aadhar to their UAN.