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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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Friday, October 9, 2015

8881 - If Congress and BJP both want Aadhaar, why not back it by law? - Financial Express


PM Narendra Modi has done well by adopting the Congress game-changer Aadhaar. It is time now to get the UIDAI Bill passed to give it statutory status to end all confusion.

By: Santosh Tiwari | October 8, 2015 11:14 AM


PM Narendra Modi has done well by adopting the Congress game-changer Aadhaar. It is time now to get the UIDAI Bill passed to give it statutory status to end all confusion.

It was a mistake by the UPA government led by the Congress party to launch Aadhaar-based direct benefit transfer (DBT) without any preparation, just to project it as a scheme which will transfer the benefits of social sector schemes directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiary, and benefit from it in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The scheme failed miserably in delivering results during the UPA time and also in helping the Congress party to improve its fortunes.

But, Prime Minister Narendra Modi did a smart job of deciding to adopt Aadhaar instead of chucking it, after Nandan Nilekani, the creator of Aadhaar platform, convinced him that it will work wonders for the government.

Since then, utilisation of Aadhaar for delivery of social sector schemes by the government has gained tremendous pace – even if the DBT in LPG is left out where it has delivered substantial gains.

At the time of completion of one year of Jan Dhan Yojana on August 28, banks had already opened about 17.74 crore accounts under the scheme with deposits of more than Rs 22,000 crore and Aadhaar was seeded in 42% of these accounts.

Similarly, 3,515,634 permanent account numbers (PAN) are now attached to Aadhaar that will ensure efficient handling of tax payments and refunds.

While these efforts are going on with increasing pace, Aadhaar is also a great help for people in opening bank accounts, getting passports and several other services, which were out of reach of a big chunk of the population in the absence of an acceptable identity proof.

In this backdrop, clearly, the decision of the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice J Chelameswar on Wednesday to not make its August 11 order less stringent – which restricted its use to public distribution system and LPG subsidy – till a Constitution Bench considers the legal issue relating to the right to privacy in collection of biometric data for Aadhaar cards – is a big setback for Digital India and other such schemes.

So, what should the government do now?
If both the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are on the same page on utilisation of 92 crore-strong Aadhaar base, It will be a good idea to quickly get the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Bill passed in Parliament, if possible in the Winter session itself, to provide Aadhaar a statutory status and end the confusion.

The rejection of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance of The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, to provide statutory status to the UIDAI, had derailed this exercise.

With many of the concerns raised by the panel on Aadhaar’s technology, use and implementation of DBT, now addressed, and the BJP government coming to power, it is an opportune time to get the Bill passed.

The fact of the matter is, if more than 92 crore people have already enrolled with Aadhaar, it can’t be junked or allowed to gather dust by delays in making use of it.