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


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


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, October 7, 2015

8836 - GDP growth to exceed 7.5%, taxes to miss target: FinMin

Posted at: Oct 6 2015 12:38AM
GDP growth to exceed 7.5%, taxes to miss target: FinMin

India emerges as fastest-growing economy
  • As per Finance Ministry, tax collection will undershoot the target by Rs 50,000 crore though the fiscal deficit target is on track
  • The total tax revenue is likely to be around Rs 14 lakh crore in the current fiscal, as against the budgetestimate of Rs 14.5 lakh crore
  • Despite global slowdown and declining export demand, India has emerged as the fastest-growing major economy in the world
  • Sanjeev Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 5
Contending that the Indian economy is now better placed to handle external shocks, the Finance Ministry today said tax collection will undershoot the target by Rs 50,000 crore though the fiscal deficit target is on track with the next generation public distribution system (PDS) reforms to be implemented through the Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile (JAM) trinity.

Growth is expected to be more than 7.5% and one of the drivers of this will be infrastructure growth which has picked up on the back of accelerated government spending on highways, railways and the power sector.

Addressing a press conference, Finance Secretary Ratan P Wattal flanked by the other secretaries in the Finance Ministry, said despite the global slowdown and declining export demand, India has emerged as the fastest growing major economy in the world and anchored by strong macro-fundamentals is better placed to handle external shocks.

However, revenue collection is likely to fall short of the target. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said it will fall short of the budgetary target by 5-7%, mainly because of subdued growth in direct taxes.

The total tax revenue is likely to be around Rs 14 lakh crore in the current fiscal, as against the budget estimate of Rs 14.5 lakh crore, a shortfall of Rs 50,000 crore.

As regards growth, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said there are indications that it will exceed 7.5% in the current financial year. It may be pointed out that the RBI had recently cut the GDP target.

The fiscal deficit target will meet with better spending. The Finance Ministry said digitisation and Aadhaar seeding of Public Distribution System (PDS) is being pursued all over the country to lay the foundation for next generation of PDS reforms along the lines of the JAM trinity outlined in the Economic Survey of 2015-16.

Overall, expenditure on major subsidies as a percentage of GDP has come down from 2.5% of GDP in 2012-13 to 1.6% of GDP in 2015-16 as direct benefit transfer schemes in LPG, diesel deregulation, lower diversion of fertiliser through neem-coated urea and lower prices of oil kicked in.

Higher growth is being driven by stronger government spending on infrastructure. Infrastructure spending has picked up on the back of accelerated government spending on highways, railways and the power sector. The Finance Ministry noted that the Plan capex has increased by over 30% this year. This is beginning to crowd-in private investment, and the public-private partnership projects which had stalled are also now picking up.

The Finance Secretary said the government has achieved 10% increase in tax devolution to the states, achieved over 30% increase in the Plan capex, and yet, adhered to the fiscal glide path outlined in the Budget. “We continue to work together on rationalising Central sector schemes and programmes in run-up to the Union Budget 2016-17”, he added.