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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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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

8925 - IBA moves SC, wants to be made party in Aadhaar validity case - Financial Express

To protect the interests of the banking industry, Indian Banks' Association (IBA) on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking to be made a party in a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar card.


By: Indu Bhan | New Delhi | October 13, 2015 12:15 AM

To protect the interests of the banking industry, Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking to be made a party in a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar card.

Urging that the outcome of the petitions shall impact the entire banking industry, IBA wants the top court to vacate its August 11 order restricting the voluntary use of unique identification number (UID) scheme to PDS and LPG schemes only.

A five-judge constitution bench will hear all pleas seeking a modification to the apex court’s interim order. The bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and Justices MY Eqbal, C Nagappan, Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy will hear various pleas on Wednesday.

The association, representing around 210 banks and financial institutions, told the apex court that if the interim order was not changed or vacated, it would have wide ramifications on financial inclusion.

Asserting that the banking industry is required to play a pivotal role with respect to financial inclusion, IBA, in its application, said the Aadhaar card is “at epicentre of the implementation of social-benefit schemes and provisions of financial services to the weaker sections and low-income individuals of the society who have been deprived of benefits due to lack of documents required for establishing their identity and place of residence”.

It submitted that RBI has issued certain guidelines regarding seeding of Aadhaar card numbers to bank accounts for implementation of the direct benefit transfer scheme. “This helps in seamless transmission of benefits of social-benefit schemes to account holders directly,” it said.

Citing a www.pmjdy.gov.in data, it said as on August 12, 7.27 crore accounts were seeded with Aadhaar out of total 17.57 crore accounts opened under the scheme. In addition, data received from National Payment Corporation of India show that approximately 20 crore accounts have been linked with Aadhaar.

“Seeding a person’s bank account with his/her Aadhaar number ensures that the account number belongs to the person to whom the number is issued. This also ensures that remittance of money reaches the person for whom it is meant and not any other person. This does not, in anyway, mean that the UIDAI or any government/other agency would get information about any other transaction effected in such an Aadhaar-seeded account,” it said.

First Published on October 13, 2015 12:15 am