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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

8930 - No Aadhaar card? You can’t take exams, Class I kids told - Bangalore Mirror


By Sridhar Vivan, Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Oct 14, 2015, 04.00 AM IST

Flying in the face of an SC ruling, schools in the city have threatened to bar students from sitting for exams if they fail to furnish the document

At all of five years, S Raj has no idea what an Aadhaar card is supposed to be. But its very mention gives him the jitters. So much so that Raj, who attends a posh school on Sarjapur Road, has been refusing to attend classes. It's the same story with hundreds of kids across the city.

With schools across the board, from private unaided, aided, government as well as minority institutions, declaring they will not allow students to write exams if they fail to furnish an Aadhaar card, it has become synonymous with dread. Till now, the UIDAI card had only been the bane of PU students.

"How can they insist on Class I students furnishing an Aadhaar card? Teachers have been sending reminders in the diary to send the Aadhaar card. When we said we did not have one, we were told our child may not be allowed to write final exams," Rahana S, a parent, told Mirror.

Recounting her experience, another parent said students in her son's school had also been told they would not be allowed to sit for their final exams if they did not bring a copy of the Aadhaar card. "Exams are currently on and it is a mental torture for the kids. We do not have one and my son is terrified. He fears he will not be allowed into the school. No explanation has been given as to why it is required."

She said their neighbour's son who studies in the same school cried and created a ruckus when his parents could not find his Aadhaar card. He even refused to go to school to write his exams till the card was found because his teacher had said it was compulsory. "It was with great difficult that they managed to pacify him."

The parents said the Supreme Court has already given a jolt to the Centre as it refused to modify its interim order (August 11 order of the apex court states Aadhaar card will remain optional for availing government welfare schemes and the authorities cannot use it for purposes other than PDS and LPG distribution system). In view of this development, they said schools should not be rigid either.

BG Murthy, president of Unaided Schools Association, said they were at the receiving end of criticism from parents. "When we tried to convey the parents' sentiments to the education department, officials expressed their helplessness, saying the directive had come from their higher-ups."

However, the diktat poses a dilemma to several parents who have not got Aadhaar cards despite applying long back. 

Rakshith N said he had applied on June 15, 2013. "I am still waiting. Whenever I log in and type my enrolment ID, it shows an error. With such a situation, how can we give our Aadhaar details?"

Education department officials said they had been directed to collect details so that an Aadhaar enrolment drive could be started in schools.


General secretary of Karnataka Associated Managements of English Medium Schools (KAMS), D Shashi Kumar, said, "We need to follow the directive issued by the education department which requires us to collect details about Aadhaar cards from students. However, we have asked schools not to threaten kids with being stopped from writing exams without Aadhaar cards."