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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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Thursday, October 8, 2015

8869 - Aadhar card won't be extended to more schemes: Supreme Court tells govt - Business Today



The Narendra Modi government suffered a jolt when the Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to modify its August 11 order permitting linking of Aadhaar cards with only the public distribution system (PDS), cooking fuels and LPG cylinders.

The three-judge bench said the government's plea to extend it to more subsidies, salary, pension disbursement and schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana must be dealt with by the Constitution Bench to which the matter has been referred to. Worse, no date has been specified as to when the larger bench would commence hearing.

Financial bodies like the RBI, Sebi, Irda, Trai, Pension Fund Regulatory Authority and states like Gujarat and Jharkhand too, had similar pleas before the court which has been rejected.
In its September 2013 interim order, the apex court had said the card be not made mandatory for people for availing government services and nobody should be deprived of such facilities for want of the card.

Strongly defending the cards, the government said it was essential for good governance, transparent implementation of government programmes and ensure that its benefits reach only the eligible persons.

The bench then modified its order on August 11. The SC decided to refer the case to a larger bench to decide the question posed by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi whether citizens had a fundamental right to privacy under the Constitution.
The PIL petitioners, including former HC judge Justice Puttaswamy and NGO Society for Civil Rights, have raised the issue of right to withhold personal information and intrusion into the right to privacy by the state.

Two of the interveners in the case- Reetika Khera, an economics professor at IIT Delhi, and Sahana Manjesh, a lawyer-have contended that biometric identification denoted for UID, namely the iris scan, finger print identification, and the personal details collected, can easily be misused by a miscreant.
They contend that the manner in which biometric details are collected makes it prone to misuse.

On Wednesday, despite pleas by Rohatgi (for UIDAI) and lawyers for RBI, Sebi, Irda, Trai, Pension Fund Regulatory Authority and Gujarat and Jharkhand, a bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar eventually went by the argument of opponents of the cards represented by advocates Shyam Divan and Meenakshi Arora who had questioned its constitutional validity, that the matter has already been referred to a Constitution Bench and the smaller bench should resist from venturing into the interim applications.


(In association with Mail Today Bureau)