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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


Special

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 16, 2015

8947 - FULL COVERAGE OF SUPREME COURT ORDER ON 15TH OCTOBER 2015

Firstpost - ‎24 minutes ago‎
Aizawl - RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on use of Aadhaar card in more schemes and said it will help financial inclusion drive and in providing easy access to loans. "The Supreme Court ruling today on ...


India Today - ‎1 hour ago‎
The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes, including MGNREGA, all kinds of pension schemes and the provident fund. Harish V Nair | | Mail Today | New Delhi, October 16, 2015 | UPDATED 08:49 IST ...

Daily News & Analysis - ‎2 hours ago‎
The social welfare schemes, aimed at reaching to the door steps of the "poorest of the poor", were in addition to LPG and PDS schemes in which the apex court had allowed the voluntary use of Aadhaar cards. Supreme Court permits 'voluntary' use of ...


Business Today - ‎2 hours ago‎
The social welfare schemes were in addition to the LPG and PDS schemes in which SC had announced the voluntary use on Aug 11. Photo: Reuters. WE RECOMMEND. Sept exports fall 24.3% on weak global demand · 5 things to know about proposed ...


Firstpost - ‎2 hours ago‎
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday relaxed its earlier order to extend use of Aadhaar card on voluntary basis in social welfare schemes like the rural job guarantee scheme, old age pensions, provident fund and Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana.

Times of India - ‎4 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court's order to allow use of Aadhaar identity in four more schemes like the flagship financial inclusion Jan Dhan Yojana -- taking the total to six -- has provided some relief to the government but the Centre hopes unique ...

Financial Express - ‎6 hours ago‎
In the 2013 order, the apex court had directed that “no person should suffer for not getting the Aadhaar card, in spite of the fact that some authority had issued a circular making it mandatory”. By: FE Bureau | October 16, 2015 4:14 AM ...


Daily Mail - ‎7 hours ago‎
In a reprieve for the Modi government, the Supreme Court on Thursday permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes, including MGNREGA, all kinds of pension schemes, and the provident fund, besides ambitious NDA flagship programmes ...

Economic Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the government to expand the use of Aadhaar-based verification to a few more services for now, even as it decided to set up a nine-judge bench to consider the legal validity of the biometric ...


Times of India - ‎9 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed citizens to voluntarily use Aadhaar cards to avail benefits under four schemes and also promised that the absence of an Aadhaar card would not disallow people from benefiting from these schemes.


Business Standard - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court on Thursday modified its order on the use of Aadhaar identity cards, bringing within its fold four additional social welfare benefit schemes - provident fund and pension schemes, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee ...


Business Standard - ‎10 hours ago‎
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on the use of Aadhaar cards in more schemes and said it would help in financial inclusion and provide easy access to loans. “The ruling today will be ...

NDTV - ‎10 hours ago‎
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan today welcomed Supreme Court ruling on use of Aadhaar card in more schemes and said it will help in financial inclusion drive and providing easy access to loans. "The Supreme Court ruling today on Aadhaar card will be ...


Hindustan Times - ‎11 hours ago‎
The apex court constitution bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu modified the order on a batch of applications by the central government. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo). Tweet. The Supreme Court on Thursday extended the voluntary use of Aadhaar cards to ...

Economic Times - ‎13 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: Lifting its earlier restriction, the Supreme today permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and the provident fund besides ambitious flagship programmes like 'Pradhan ...


The Hindu - ‎13 hours ago‎
Noting that the authorities cannot insist on a citizen to produce his Aadhaar card, the Supreme Court on Thursday extended the voluntary use of the card to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), all types of pensions ...


Moneycontrol.com - ‎14 hours ago‎
With an UIDAI number, a person will be able to open a bank account as it will work as an identification document and will help in easier access to loans, he added. Raghuram Rajan. Governor, RBI. More about the Expert... Google +. Comments (1). Like ...


Daily News & Analysis - ‎14 hours ago‎
With an UIDAI number, a person will be able to open a bank account as it will work as an identification document and will help in easier access to loans. Raghuram Rajan, Governor, Reserve Bank of India PTI. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on Thursday ...


The Indian Express - ‎14 hours ago‎
"I think that this Supreme Court ruling today on Aadhar will be quite helpful in making it possible for us to use Aadhar in banking services," said Rajan. Like · X Dislike · Share · Twitter. Comments. Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl | Published ...


Business Standard - ‎14 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court today took note of Centre's plea that Aadhaar cards be allowed to be used "voluntarily" for welfare programmes other than PDS and LPG schemes and asked whether it can assure that nobody would be at a "disadvantageous" position for ...


The Indian Express - ‎18 hours ago‎
A Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice H L Dattu, however, clarified that linking of Aadhaar for providing these services will only be on voluntary basis and no person shall be deprived of any benefit for want of Aadhaar. Like · X Dislike · Share ...

Daily News & Analysis - ‎16 hours ago‎
The apex court has now said that voluntary use of Aadhaar card for schemes like MGNREGA, all types of pension schemes, PM's Jan Dhan Yojana and EPF is allowed. Aadhaar card dna. The Supreme Court on Thursday modified its October 8 order ...


Moneycontrol.com - ‎17 hours ago‎
However, the court has reiterated that people without Aadhar can not be placed in a disadvantageous position. Ashmit Kumar. Reporter, CNBC-TV18. More about the Expert... Google +. Comments (1). Like this story, share it with millions of investors on M3.

NDTV - ‎17 hours ago‎
New Delhi: The Aadhaar Card may be used to avail government schemes including employment guarantee, pension and bank accounts, the Supreme Court said today. Earlier, as per the court's order, the card could have been used only voluntarily for ...


Financial Express - ‎17 hours ago‎
SC extends voluntary use of Aadhaar card for schemes like MGNREGA, all types of pension schemes, PM's Jan Dhan Yojana and EPF. By: Agencies | New Delhi | October 15, 2015 4:57 PM. G+. Supreme Court. SC extends voluntary use of Aadhaar card for ...


IBNLive - ‎17 hours ago‎
New Delhi: Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the voluntary use of Aadhar cards which would not make it mandatory to posses the unique identification card in order to avail benefits under social welfare schemes. The move comes after the Centre on ...


Hindu Business Line - ‎17 hours ago‎
Lifting its earlier restriction, the Supreme Court today permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and the provident fund besides the NDA Government's flagship programmes such as the ...


Livemint - ‎17 hours ago‎
Aadhaar is purely voluntary and not mandatory till the matter is decided by the Supreme Court. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint. New Delhi: In a small but significant win for the government, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the use of the Aadhaar ...


India Today - ‎18 hours ago‎
A five-judge Supreme Court bench on Thursday allowed the use of the Aadhaar card, a development that comes as a huge relief for the government which had petitioned the apex court to extend its ambit. IndiaToday.in | New Delhi, October 15, 2015 | Edited ...


Times of India - ‎18 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday gave huge relief to the Centre by permitting voluntary use of Aadhaar card by citizens to avail benefits under MGNREGA, pension, PF and PM Jandhan Yojna schemes. A 5-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice ...

Business Standard - ‎20 hours ago‎
In a move aimed at comprehensively dealing with the privacy issues surrounding Aadhaar, the Narendra Modi-led government might take legislative action to institutionalise stricter guidelines regarding, who could access the central Aadhaar database and ...


NDTV - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
New Delhi: In a last ditch attempt before the issue moves to a larger Constitutional bench, the government on Wednesday made a fresh pitch before Supreme Court for allowing voluntary use of Aadhaar cards for welfare schemes, saying it was prepared to ...

Economic Times - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
NEW DELHI: Aadhaar is far more secure in ensuring privacy than some social media apps and mobile phones in today's digital world, the government told the Supreme Court, as it wants the top court to permit wider use of the databank containing citizens' ...

Times of India - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
NEW DELHI: Desperate to make Aadhaar usage universal to optimize implementation of welfare schemes, the Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it was ready to promise in writing that it would be completely voluntary for citizens to obtain and ...

The Hindu - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
What harm can Aadhaar do when the right to privacy of an Indian citizen has become a futile notion in an era when Facebook can track every detail, thought and movement through its WhatsApp software application, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi asked a ...

The Indian Express - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
It is for the first time that the government or the UIDAI has disclosed that a mechanism exists under which a card holder can choose to block the biometric information linked to his Aadhaar card. Google +. Comments. Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi ...

Business Standard - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
A five-judge constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu, on Wednesday started hearing the Centre's petition to modify its earlier order on Aadhaar and the main question which fell from the judges was whether the identity ...

Livemint - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
New Delhi: A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by chief justice H.L. Dattu began hearing arguments in the Aadhaar case on Wednesday. Two separate references were made to a constitution bench in the case—one seeking ...

Moneycontrol.com - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
The statement was made by a five judge constitutional bench headed by the Chief Justice of India (CJI). The bench is hearing the case on the application as well as implementation of Aadhaar. Ashmit Kumar. Reporter, CNBC-TV18. More about the Expert.

Business Standard - ‎Oct 14, 2015‎
The centre on Wednesday told Supreme Court that the use of the Aadhaar card will be voluntary. The centre said the government's "highest functionary" would file an affidavit in the apex court stating that possessing an Aadhar card would not be ...


Financial Express - ‎Oct 13, 2015‎
Officials who have designed the blueprint for utilisation of Aadhaar card say that the Narendra Modi govt should have forcefully stated that Aadhaar usage is compliant with the Information Technology Act, 2000 in the Supreme Court. By: Santosh Tiwari ...

Times of India - ‎Oct 13, 2015‎
NEW DELHI: The Aadhaar system's data collection and storage is strongly protected by sophisticated encryption processes to ensure biometric data does not leak either through private contractors running enrollment centres or at the central data servers ...


BLR Eagle - ‎33 minutes ago‎
The Supreme Court (SC) ruling in making use of of Aadhaar card in additional schemes was welcomed by Raghuram Rajan, the RBI Governor and for this brilliant ruling he said that now the Aadhaar will certainly help in expanding banking system, which ...

Niticentral - ‎1 hour ago‎
New Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) Lifting its earlier restriction, the Supreme Court yesterday permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and the provident fund besides ambitious flagship ...

Celebrity Cafe - Entertainment News (blog) - ‎2 hours ago‎
Also, the apex court had earlier directed that no information about an individual that the Unique Identification Authority of India obtains while issuing an Aadhaar card can be used for any other objective except, with court permission, for criminal ...

Indiainfoline - ‎3 hours ago‎
The apex court relaxed its stance on the wider use of Aadhaar card after the Government promised that absence of Aadhaar card would not prevent people from benefiting from the Central schemes. Print Email. Save. Article saved successfully to my page.

Legally India - ‎3 hours ago‎
Looks like Aadhaar card is back on the menuChief Justice HL Dattu, who led the five-Judge Constitution Bench, had a surprise in store after hearing rival contentions for and against relaxing the 11 August interim order in order to exempt more schemes ...

The Hans India - ‎6 hours ago‎
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday modified its October 8 order restricting the use of the Aadhaar card for only Public Distribution System and LPG subsidy. The apex court has now said that voluntary use of Aadhaar card for schemes like MGNREGA ...

The New Indian Express - ‎6 hours ago‎
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday permitted voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes that included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and the provident fund programmes such as 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna' of the present NDA ...

Calcutta Telegraph - ‎8 hours ago‎
New Delhi, Oct. 15: A five-judge constitution bench today allowed the Centre to link several social benefit schemes to Aadhaar but added that the cards cannot be made mandatory. Today's order modifies an August 11 directive by a three-judge bench that ...

The Asian Age - ‎8 hours ago‎
Lifting its earlier restrictions, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the wider usage of the Aadhaar card to a limited extent, on a purely voluntary basis, to avail of benefits under MGNREGA, all types of pensions, the employees' provident fund and ...

Chandigarh Tribune - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court today enlarged the scope of the Aadhaar card by allowing its voluntary use for four more schemes — rural employment (MNREGA), zero-balance bank accounts under Jan Dhan Yojana, provident fund and pension. The court has already ...

Biometric Update - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Indian government admitted to India's Supreme Court that Aadhaar cardholders can opt out of the unique identification scheme if they wish by blocking data embedded on the cards. “The making of the card is voluntary,” stated Attorney General Mukul ...

Deccan Herald - ‎9 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the government to use Aadhaar cards for Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, MNREGA and pension and provident fund schemes only after obtaining the citizens' consent. A five-judge bench presided over by Chief ...

New Kerala - ‎11 hours ago‎
Agreeing to the Centre's plea, the Supreme Court on Thursday increased the ambit of Aadhaar Card. The Aadhaar Card can now be used to avail government schemes including employment guarantee, pension and bank accounts, the apex court said. Earlier ...

Live Law - ‎12 hours ago‎
Central government today got a major relief with the Supreme permitting linking of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes that also included MGNREGA, all pension schemes and the provident fund besides ambitious flagship programmes like 'Pradhan Mantri Jan ...

Bar & Bench - ‎14 hours ago‎
The Supreme Court today modified the interim order pertaining to the use of Aadhaar. The court also directed the case be placed before a larger Bench to decide the issue of the status of right to privacy in Indian jurisprudence. With the modification ...


International Business Times, India Edition - ‎15 hours ago‎
In a shift from its interim order restricting the use of the Aadhaar card for only Public Distribution System (PDS) and LPG subsidy, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the use of the unique identity number for all central and state schemes. These ...

Jagran Post - ‎16 hours ago‎
New Delhi: The Supreme Court today relaxed its earlier order extending use of Aadhaar card on voluntary basis in social welfare scheme MNREGA, old age pension scheme, provident fund and Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana. Why wait till January 23, ...


India.com - ‎16 hours ago‎
New Delhi, Oct 15: Supreme Court on Thursday, provided relief to the Centre by uplifting the restrictions imposed on the usage of Aadhaar Card. The unique identification number can once again be used by the citizens for availing public benefits. The ...