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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

8803 - Aadhaar use helped uncover fraud worth Rs 2,687 crore: Centre - Hindustan Times


  • Zia Haq, Hindustan Times, New DelhiUpdated: Oct 02, 2015 00:14 IST

The government claims Aadhaar has helped weed out “bogus” and “ghost workers” from the national database of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee programme. (HT File Photo)

The NDA government has made a case for expanding the use of Aadhaar, the controversial 12-digit biometric identity, in the Supreme Court, saying that limiting it would have a “deleterious” effect on social schemes.

The Centre’s dossier on defending the universal identity number claims Aadhaar’s use helped uncover fraud worth Rs 2,687 crore.

The government says if financial schemes such as Prime Minister’s Jan Dhan Yojana and pension programmes are excluded, it will defeat the “worthy goal of financial inclusion”. It has now put together case studies — not clearly identified or attributed — showing how Aadhaar has helped weed out “bogus” and “ghost workers” from the national database of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee programme. In Andhra and Telangana, 12.78 lakh “bogus” workers were removed, saving Rs 127 crore, the document states.
On August 12, the government won a reprieve when the SC — which had earlier ruled against making Aadhaar mandatory — allowed it to be used for the public distribution system and cooking gas. Aadhaar had helped eliminate “unscrupulous elements from diverting the public resources for illegal purposes”, it had argued.

The court has now asked a constitutional bench to look into whether Aadhaar, which is based on biometric markers, violates citizens’ right to privacy.

Development economists, however, have contested the data. For instance, in AP and Telangana, of the 3.5 crore workers, 12.78 lakh were declared bogus. But of this, 2.7 lakh workers were already “dead” and eight lakh had migrated elsewhere. So, even “inactive workers” who had not taken any wages were counted as “bogus”.

“It is precisely because PDS and NREGA are essential for the right to life that Aadhaar must be kept out. Aadhaar is becoming a tool of exclusion in the NREGA and PDS, not inclusion,” said Reetika Khera, who teaches at IIT Delhi.