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.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

8855 - 800 MSMEs registered under Udyog Aadhaar since Sep 18: Mishra - Business Standard

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

October 6, 2015 Last Updated at 21:02 IST

A total of 800 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) have registered under the simplified Aadhaar-based registration system launched last month to promote ease of doing business, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra said today.

"Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum was notified on 18 September. Within such a short time span, 800 MSMEs have registered. Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum is the cornerstone of ease of doing business in the country," the MSME Minister said at a press conference.

MSME Ministry had come out with a one-page Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum to be filled online by all unregistered MSMEs, a move aimed at simplifying registration procedure for entrepreneurs and promoting ease of doing business.

Existing enterprises which have filed Entrepreneurship Memorandum - I (EM-I) or EM -II or both, or the holders of the Small Scale Industry Registration, prior to the coming into force of MSMED Act 2006, are not required to file Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum, but they may file it if they so desire.

"It (filling Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum) is not mandatory for MSMEs already registered with us. Our policy is that after 18 September EM-I and EM-II do not exist. Therefore, anybody who wants to register after 18 September needs to register with Udyog Aadhaar," MSME Secretary Anup Pujari said.

The Secretary further said that he has held discussions with states and "brought to their notice what needs to be done" on awareness and adoption of the Udyog Aadhaar system.

Besides, Mishra said the norm related to 20 per cent mandatory procurement by PSUs from MSMEs is not being followed, and a panel will monitor it regularly.

"The norm related to 20 per cent mandatory procurement from MSME units has not been successful. It was made mandatory from April 1 this year. A committee will monitor it on a regular basis.

"PSUs have been directed to procure from MSMEs. The guidelines related to tenders are being flouted. We are trying to ensure the tender guidelines are followed," Mishra said at a press conference here.

The government has made it mandatory for all central public sector undertakings (PSUs) to make 20 per cent of their purchases from MSMEs from April 1, 2015.

Besides, Mishra said: "We are also mulling over an Exit Policy for MSME units which cannot be revived and have discussed it with the Prime Minister".

The MSME Minister also said a subsidy will be provided to units as rating agencies charge exorbitant fee for assigning bank loan ratings.

"Rating agencies charge a lot of money as fee from MSMEs for Bank Loan Ratings. We have decided that we will give 75 per cent subsidy or Rs 40,000 to MSMEs to ensure they do not face difficulties in availing a loan due to high fee charged by rating agencies," he said.

The minister said that under Prime Minister's Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), employment of about 118,196 persons has been generated during April-Sep 2015-16.

During the corresponding period of 2013-14 and 2014-15, jobs were generated for 12,951 persons and 74,871 persons respectively.