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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.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty” and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” - Edward Snowden

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.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

8982 - Banking sector poised for good growth in rural areas: PM - Hindu Businessline

Banking sector poised for good growth in rural areas: PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives away account opening kits at the launch of an IDFC Bank branch, in New Delhi, on Monday. Also seen are Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and IDFC Bank MD & CEO Rajiv Lall - Photo: PTI

Says sector in midst of major tech-led transformation; inaugurates IDFC Bank branch


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19:  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the banking sector is poised to achieve a big boost in growth in rural areas. This would be similar to the growth achieved by the telecom sector some years ago, Modi said after inaugurating IDFC Bank in the Capital.

Modi complimented IDFC for its successful journey of 18 years, and said that it was now embarking on a more challenging path, as it expands into banking, especially in rural areas. He said that from helping to build infrastructure, the organisation is now progressing to building lives (jeevan-nirman).

The entire banking sector is undergoing major transformation with the advent of latest technology, Modi said, adding that the future of banking would not just be premises-less and paperless, but also, eventually, currency-less; and this would help curb black money.

Key reforms
Modi described the banking sector reforms being undertaken by the Centre, especially in areas such as senior appointments, creation of a bank board bureau, re-capitalisation of banks, de-stressing of assets, empowering bank managements through zero-interference, creation of a framework of accountability through key performance indicators, and reform of governance of banks.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajiv Lall, MD & CEO, IDFC Bank, said: “We are truly honoured to have IDFC Bank launched by the Prime Minister. IDFC Bank will take forward the IDFC legacy — that of serving the nation — with even greater commitment and passion. There couldn’t have been a more opportune time to begin our journey in banking, given today’s supportive regulatory and macro-economic environment.”

The first-of-its-kind micro-ATM demonstrated at the ceremony digitises all essential transactions, has an in-built tablet and can work on multiple identifiers, that is, phone number, Aadhaar number, card and account number.

Lall said that with 90 crore Aadhaar card-holders having biometric identification, 15 crore Indians using smart phones, and Internet usage growing faster than ever before, an age of unconventional banking is inevitable.

IDFC Bank has started operations with 23 branches across the country, 15 of which are spread across three districts of Madhya Pradesh.


(This article was published on October 19, 2015